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Former Fargo police officer wants City Commission to review his firing

David Boelke

FARGO — A former Fargo police officer who had his firing from the Police Department upheld by the Fargo Civil Service Commission is appealing that decision to the City Commission.

David Boelke was fired by Fargo Police Chief David Todd in September.

Todd cited an internal review of service calls involving Boelke, including three calls the city maintained Boelke did not respond to, though he claimed to have done so.

Boelke appealed his firing, and last month he and his attorney, Mark Friese, went before the Civil Service Commission to argue that his job should be returned to him.

The Civil Service Commission upheld Todd's decision, stating there was evidence to support Boelke's termination.

On Monday night, Oct. 9, the City Commission approved a consent agenda item granting the scheduling of an appeal hearing.

Friese said he plans to make arguments similar to those made before the Civil Service Commission.

He said in addition, he will introduce a due-process argument, stating it was improper to allow the city attorney to advise the Police Department in the underlying process and then to have that same attorney serve as attorney for the Civil Service Commission.

Dave Olson
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