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Fargo City Commission to take up former police officer's appeal Monday

David Boelke, a former Fargo police officer, sits with his attorney Mark Friese, left, at a Friday, Sept. 8, hearing where the Fargo Civil Service Commission reviewed Boelke's firing. Dave Olson / The Forum

FARGO—The Fargo City Commission has scheduled a special meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, to hear an appeal from former police officer David Boelke, who is appealing a Fargo Civil Service Commission decision upholding his firing from the Police Department.

The meeting will be in the city commission room of Fargo City Hall.

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.

Friese said Wednesday, Nov. 22, that he is asking the City Commission to review the "entirety of events, expressing particular concern about the ethical and legal implications of permitting the same lawyer/law firm to advise the police department, then the civil service commission reviewing the department's conduct, and then the city commission regarding both the department's conduct and the civil service review."

Friese said if commissioners decline to address those issues, they will be raised in court "or a forum where unbiased review will occur."

Dave Olson
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