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Tea hires new police chief

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The City of Tea has hired a new police chief. A dispatch employee in the Tea Police Department tells KSFY News the new chief will start on March 4.

Police Chief Brian Ketterhagen left his post in November. He was the second police chief to leave in two years. The Tea City Council accepted Ketterhagen's and Officer James Klimple's resignations in a closed door meeting.

Word of Ketterhagen's resignation opened two investigations and shed light onto a case in Wyoming.

In Wyoming, a man was suing Ketterhagen for holding evidence in a murder conviction. The man claims Ketterhagen withheld evidence of an alibi. That case prompt Lincoln County States Attorney Tom Wollman to investigate any cases Ketterhagen was involved in while in Tea. Wollman said nothing came from the investigation and it has been closed.

At one point the South Dakota Attorney General's Office was also investigating Ketterhagen's resignation. That investigation was also closed.

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