Council, Purvis meet privately

BLUE EARTH – Blue Earth City Council held a closed session this week to hear from police officer Todd Purvis and his union representative, Kevin Hinrichs.

Purvis addressed the council and answered questions, City Attorney David Frundt said after the meeting was again opened to the public.

No action was taken, Frundt said.

Frundt said Purvis had asked to address the council, and it was his right to have the session closed to the public.

Purvis was placed on paid administrative leave in January after allegations surfaced.

Officials have not disclosed what those allegations are, but City Administrator Kathy Bailey said two investigations were launched: a criminal investigation conducted by the Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Office and an internal investigation conducted by Worthington’s police department.

Earlier last month, the Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Office announced criminal charges would not be filed.

On Tuesday, Bailey confirmed that Worthington’s Police Department had turned in a report to Blue Earth and the council will discuss the findings.

“Eventually, decisions do need to be made. We can’t leave him on paid leave forever,” Bailey said.

Any decision the council makes will be public, she confirmed.

Hinrichs had not returned an email seeking comment by press time.

Purvis has been a police officer in Blue Earth for 23 years.

He has been reprimanded four times for things such as not completing paperwork. Bailey said Purvis has had no reprimands since she became city administrator.

“Nothing in the last six years,” she said.