WINDOM - A city of Windom employee is on administrative leave following criminal charges filed in Cottonwood County District Court.

Brent Brown, 43, the city’s department head for electric, street and parks departments, was charged with false imprisonment - intentional restraint, a felony; and domestic assault, a misdemeanor.

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The charges stem from an Oct. 13 and 14 incident between Brown and the alleged victim that escalated from arguing at a local bar that later turned physical at a Windom residence, the criminal complaint details.

The alleged victim dialed 911 and accused Brown of retrieving scissors, pinning her down against her will and cutting off a portion of her hair, the complaint continues.

Brown denied the accusation, and told law enforcement authorities that the female had retrieved the scissors and threatened to cut off his beard.

Authorities arrested Brown in the early morning hours of Oct. 14, and a preliminary breath test indicated he had a blood alcohol content of .191 percent. He was later released after posting $2,000 conditional bail.

City Administrator Steve Nasby said the Windom City Council had a closed session during its regular Tuesday meeting to discuss what action to take.

Following the closed-door personnel discussion, the council set an 8 a.m. Oct. 26 disciplinary hearing at the City Council Chambers, Nasby added. The special meeting is open to the public.  

“I am anticipating a decision on disciplinary measures following that hearing,” Nasby said.

Brown’s initial appearance in Cottonwood County District Court is scheduled for Oct. 24.

If convicted of the felony charge, Brown faces a maximum of three years imprisonment, $5,000 or both.