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Montevideo police chief resigns

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MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — Police Chief Adam Christopher has resigned his post with the city of Montevideo effective Jan. 15.

Members of the Montevideo Police Commission accepted the resignation at a special meeting Monday evening. They appointed Montevideo Police Capt. Ken Schule to serve as interim police chief.

Christopher, 47, has been on medical leave since Nov. 15, when Chippewa County District Court granted a restraining order against him. An 18-year-old woman obtained the order after alleging Christopher had sent her hundreds of messages. The messages began when she was 17 and became sexual in nature after she turned 18, according to the allegations filed with the court.

The alleged victim and family members were present for the commission meeting and expressed their frustration with what they said was a lack of transparency in the city's investigation into Christopher's alleged conduct. They said they intended to bring those concerns to the Montevideo City Council, which was to meet later Monday after the Police Commission.