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UPDATE:  The South Dakota Attorney General's office confirms there is an ongoing active investigation involving the resignation of former Tea police chief Brian Ketterhagen and officer James Klimple.

For the second time in two years, the town of Tea is without a police chief.

This time the Tea police department is not only down a chief but also an officer.

It was at Tea city council on Monday night where the mayor called a closed executive session with city council and accepted the resignation of two members of the tea police department.

City councilor Chuck Ortmeier confirms Tea police chief Brian Ketterhagen and officer James Klimple both resigned in front off the mayor and Tea city council.

Ortmeier would not state the reasons for the resignations.

No charges have been filed against the officers.

Assistant chief Brian Tvedt is temporarily acting as chief while the city looks for a replacement.

Tea officers met yesterday to form a strategy for the near the future.

Ortmeier says the search for a new chief and officer could take some time.

One idea the city tossed around is they may reach out to the Lincoln County Sheriff's office for assistance if needed.

KSFY reached out to Lincoln County states attorney Tom Wollman for more information.

He told us he was aware but could not elaborate any further.

Wollman suggested we contact the attorney general's office and we are waiting to hear back from them.

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