Police officer won’t face charges

BLUE EARTH – No criminal charges will be filed against a Blue Earth police officer, says city administrator Kathy Bailey.

Officer Todd Purvis was placed on paid administrative leave last month by the City Council, following allegations that have not been disclosed.

The allegations were based in the county, so the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office asked the Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Office to conduct a criminal investigation. That investigation has been concluded.

“He’s been cleared of the criminal charges in the investigation by Cottonwood County,” Bailey said. “No charges will be filed.”

Purvis remains on paid administrative leave pending the conclusion of an internal investigation. City officials sought an outside entity to conduct the internal investigation, which will seek more details on the allegations against Purvis and the city’s response.

One thing the internal investigation will cover is whether Purvis was on duty at the time of the alleged incident.

“We believe it did not happen while he was on duty,” Bailey said.

She declined to name the outside entity conducting the internal investigation, or when it would be concluded.

“The internal investigation is ongoing,” she said. “It didn’t start until after the criminal investigation was almost concluded. I don’t have any time frame now at this point.”