Commission revokes Lake Norden police chief’s law enforcement license

The chief of police at a small South Dakota community under fire over several controversial encounters is now out of a job.

The South Dakota Law Enforcement Standards Commission has revoked Lake Norden Police Chief Jimmy Murphy’s law enforcement certification, according to South Dakota Attorney General spokesperson Sara Rabern. The decision came by a unanimous vote Wednesday.

Hamlin County State’s Attorney John Delzer filed a complaint against Murphy in April over several credibility issues surrounding his actions as chief of police. The complaint cited acts varying from escalating routine traffic stops to destroying evidence.

Murphy was previously investigated after he shot a suicidal woman during a police call in 2016. The attorney general’s office ruled that the shooting was justified. This incident was not included in Delzer's complaint.