Investigator returns to review complaints against police


A familiar investigator will be reviewing complaints filed against the Winnebago Police Department.

City Administrator Jake Skluzacek says Michelle Soldo of Soldo Consulting Group, P.C., of Woodbury has been hired.

“She has begun to start collecting information and contacting those involved,” says Skluzacek. “I do not have a proposal for costs yet.”

One complaint accuses police officers of “abuse of power and overreach” when they enforced the governor’s executive order.

Another complaint reportedly deals with law enforcement’s handling of a traffic stop for suspected driver’s license cancellation on May 6.

In two prior investigations, Soldo issued favorable findings for Blue Earth Area School (BEA) District and a Faribault County jailer.

Soldo billed the school district $1,703 and found that BEA officials properly disciplined four teens charged in an assault case.

County officials paid Soldo $2,451 to investigate possible misconduct of jailer being mentioned in a court document during a restitution hearing related to the October 2017 assault of a BEA football player.

The investigation, which took more than two months, ended up being a five-page report and ultimately cleared the jailer of any wrongdoing.

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