Leroy Schaffer resigns from St. Francis city council

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Leroy's off the council, but at least he's still got that green jacket.
St. Francis's long local nightmare is over.

This afternoon, councilman Leroy Schaffer signed papers to resign from the city council, effective immediately.

Schaffer, who has a long history of sexual harassment allegations, was facing a fourth censure from the city council. His rocky career as a councilman is ending after four years, six months, and at least a half-dozen scandals.

Now, Schaffer just has to worry about those pending charges for filing a false police report. Mayor Jerry Tveit said Schaffer had at first attempted to resign by leaving a voice mail on Tveit's answering machine. Tveit told Schaffer it would need to be in writing, and Schaffer came to city hall this afternoon to sign the papers about an hour ago.

Schaffer, 72, had received three censures from the council for inappropriate conduct toward women. After a woman accused Schaffer of continued harassment at a June 20 council meeting, Schaffer was looking at a fourth censure -- and not just for that one incident.

"I have had no less than a dozen phone calls from women in my community asking for my help to get Leroy to stop bothering them," Tveit told City Pages last night. "And there's also been probably another dozen ladies that have gone in to city hall... and asked, 'Please get Leroy to stop bothering me.'"

Schaffer is also legally banned from two local businesses, with both trespassing orders owing to sexual harassment.

After the June 20 meeting, Schaffer also came under criticism when he asked Edward Reynoso, a new member of the Met Council if he was "Latino," and whether he was "low income, or [had] experienced low income."

Schaffer is still facing possible criminal charges for filing a false police report. On Friday, he called police and said he'd received a bomb in the mail. Cops didn't find a bomb, and are considering pressing charges for the report.

Tveit said Schaffer's resignation still needs to be accepted by the city council, which could be done at a special session. The council will appoint a successor, who will then stand in the next election.

In the 2010 election, Schaffer received more votes than any other candidate.


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And no one wondered why?Letter to the Editor: I would like to comment on Ms. Sakey’s article in the February 15, 2008 edition of the Anoka Union regarding the appointment of Jeff Harapat as police chief. First and foremost, the female complainant cited in the article was an employee when she filed her sexual complaint against Chief Byron Froh, Officer Jeff Harapat and City Maintenance Supervisor Bryan Backus. She also had a restraining order to keep the above defendants out of the police station when she was working. The female complainant complained to several other city employees, and even to some of the city council, and they refused to address the issue. There were several affidavits presented to the court which stated sexual harassment was rampant within the city. I would like to include copies of these but they are so explicit that the Anoka Union would have to deliver the paper in a brown paper bag. The actions of Chief Froh and Officer Harapat were even turned over to the Post Board. The Post Board went to the Attorney General’s Office to see if they had jurisdiction over the matter. The Attorney General’s Office determined the Post Board did not have any jurisdiction when the allegations took place. The Post Board was advised they would have jurisdiction on any future allegations of matters of sexual harassment. In the future, they would have the authority to give an oral or written reprimand, suspend the officer or refuse to license the officer. The Post Boards Standards Coordinator, Rodney Nyenhuis, even stated in a letter I received, “I am personally am offended by the actions of these peace officers”. The City of Saint Francis had every opportunity to allow the case to go through the legal system but chose to settle. The City Council voted to settle on the advice of the insurance company. Mr. Lapek, the city’s Attorney, refers to the incident as “horseplay”. I ask you, is “horseplay” handcuffing a female and locking her in the police department evidence room? A second incident was cited where Harapat put handcuffs on the female employee’s ankles and caused her to fall backwards on the floor. Harapat admitted to “punching her with a closed fist and punching her hard”. I am providing to the Editor copies of some of the allegations and documents where Harapat admits doing some of the most obscene behaviors one can imagine. The documents I am providing to the Editor were provided to the City Council prior to Harapat’s appointment to Police Chief. The only conclusion is there are two sets of rules in the City of Saint Francis; the City rewards some for inappropriate behavior and censors others. William Gardner Saint Francis



With this resignation the Minnesota Green Party loses 1/3rd of their elected officials in the state.

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