Cloquet Police Chief Under Investigation Releases Statement

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CLOQUET, Minn. – FOX 21 learned new details Wednesday about the investigation of Cloquet’s Police Chief, Steve Stracek.

Stracek’s complaint against him will be investigated by an outside firm — not the city councilors who put Stracek on paid administrative last Thursday.

Interim city administrator and human resources director James Barclay said Stracek remains a city employee and clarified the paid administrative leave is non-disciplinary.

It’s not known how long the investigation will last.  It is also not known what the complaint is about, but the Pine Journal reports the complaint was filed by the Teamsters General Local Union No. 346, which represents Cloquet police officers — not the administration.

Cloquet Mayor Dave Hallback had yet to return requests for comment on this story since it was first reported roughly one week ago.

However, Stracek released his first comments on the situation to FOX 21’s Dan Hanger.

The statement reads: “I would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support for my family. I do believe in the process followed in these types of situations, and I will wait patiently and respectfully until it is complete.”

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