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Mayor defends Tea Police hiring, moves forward with applicants

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It may be awhile before we get any real answers about the sudden resignation of two police officers in Tea, SD. Monday night, the City Council met behind closed doors to discuss former police Chief Brian Ketterhagen, Officer James Klimple, and most pressing for the town: the future of the department.

Once finished with the executive session, the council began their regularly scheduled meeting, open to the public.

City officials remain tight-lipped about the investigation while the council reassured the public that the city of Tea will move forward with replacing its officers.

Former Officer James Klimple was there in the meeting but he declined any media comments once it was finished.

The rest of the council also turned down our requests for comment.

Mayor John Lawler talked about moving forward, looking at qualified candidates and making new hires with the help of the Chief of Police Association. He defends the city's hiring process meets and exceeds standards by other departments in the state.

"That's where we're at, we'll keep moving forward with the process to narrow the candidates down as they come in. We'll proceed with having positions filled," Mayor Lawler said.

Be sure to stick with KSFY as we learn more about the on-going investigation.

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