KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Flandreau Police Officials Resign

Bookmark and Share

The Chief of Police and a Sergeant in Flandreau, both handed in their resignations last week, which has raised a lot of questions.

Both men stepped down after a routine search into former cases found missing inventory.

City officials said former Chief of Police, Michael Eisenbarth and former Sergeant Jesse Doyle served in the Flandreau Police Department for several years, and now the city is scrambling to fill their positions.

"A change was needed," said Lewis.

Paul Lewis, Flandreau's city attorney said on Friday, the city, along with Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe officials received the resignations for former Chief of Police Michael Eisenbarth and former Sergeant, Jesse Doyle.

Their resignations followed the discovery of missing evidence from a closed crime case.

"When the police department deals with criminal matters, evidence is seized, whether it's alcohol, drugs, money in some cases. I think in this situation there may have been some money that was involved," said Lewis.

City officials said the former police chief and former sergeant are not suspects in this investigation, however they stepped down because the city is looking for a new direction for the police department.

"I think there's enough cops to take it over," said Thomas.

Jim Thomas, a rancher, has lived in the Flandreau area his whole life.

He said he doesn't make it to town often to catch all the gossip and was surprised to hear about the resignations.

"It will be interesting to see who gets it, I would think it would be someone in South Dakota who gets it," said Thomas.

While the city looks into filling the positions, the Division of Criminal Investigation will be assisting Flandreau officials to track down the missing evidence from the former case.
Depending on any developments in the case, prosecution could be turned over to the State's Attorney.

"You're looking at grand theft. It could be a felony for instance with several years possible in prison, a fairly sizeable fine," said Lewis.

A mystery the city hopes to solve soon.

"Too make sure this never happens again," said Lewis.

A current police officer, Darin Sinner has been named the interim police chief and will maintain administration and management for the Flandreau police department.
The search for the new police chief will most likely take several months and they'll be accepting candidates nationwide.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >

Airline CEO Has High Hopes In Pierre-Denver Flight

A regional airline based in Ohio has high hopes for a Pierre to Denver ...

Rice Wins Appeal, 'Suspension Vacated'

Ray Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been ...

Two Men Arrested For Auto Shop Beer Theft

Two men are facing burglary charges after police say they stole beer from a Sioux Falls auto ...

Police: Man Put Clerk In Choke Hold And Struck Her  Nov. 28

36-Year-Old Man Dies In Rollover Crash In SD  Nov. 28

Red Cross Volunteer Returns From Helping In NY  Nov. 28

Man Charged With Murder In SF Woman's Death  story with video  Nov. 28

Cash, Credit Or Debit This Holiday Season?  story with video  Nov. 28

Pierre, Fort Pierre Grocery Stores Being Sold  Nov. 28

Kern Brings Experience To SD Supreme Court  Nov. 28

Nebraska, South Dakota To Devise Zebra Mussel Plan  Nov. 28

Growers Grateful For Higher Christmas Tree Prices  Nov. 28

Man Accused Of Having Sex With Minor Sentenced  Nov. 28

Good Holiday Shopping Season Expected In SD  Nov. 28

Laura And Brian Preview This Weekend's Movies  story with video  Nov. 28

23rd Annual Parade Of Lights Hits DTSF  Nov. 28

The Do's And Don'ts Of Holiday Shopping  story with video  Nov. 28

The Daily Scoop 11-28-2014  story with video  Nov. 28

SMSU Volleyball Player Battles Cancer  story with video  Nov. 27

Smooth Start For Black Friday Shoppers  story with video  Nov. 27

KDLT News Archive

Burke Woman Killed In Crash Near Gregory

A Burke woman died in a one-vehicle roll-over crash near ...

Man Charged With Murder In SF Woman's Death  story with video

A 57-year-old homeless man is facing murder charges following the ...

Local Store Hours For Black Friday Shopping  story with video

Black Friday deals are starting earlier and ...

Pair Arrested For Drugs After Theft Of Headbands  Nov. 27

The Race To Get In Black Friday Shopping Lines  Nov. 27

Smooth Start For Black Friday Shoppers  story with video  Nov. 27

36-Year-Old Man Dies In Rollover Crash In SD  Nov. 28

Shoppers Grab Last-Minute Thanksgiving Items  Nov. 27

KDLT News Archive

Mustangs thrilled to be headed to Elite 8  story with video

The Mustangs of SMSU are headed to the Elite 8 for the first time ...

Augvie women win in Alaska

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The Augustana women's basketball team kicked off the ...

Butler loves Jacks chances in playoffs  story with video

Defense might be the difference in Saturday's playoff game in Bozeman. And Jackrabbits ...

Robinson inspires her teammates and coach  story with video  Nov. 27

Stampede win at Fargo  Nov. 26

Bos leads Coyotes to win at Dome over Wayne State  story with video  Nov. 26

Jansen, Richter lead Vikes to 7th straight win  story with video  Nov. 26

Wilber's DWU Tigers unbeaten after 9 games  story with video  Nov. 26

KDLT Sports Stories
Back To Top