July 17: Omodt removed from interim force

  • August 20, 2009 - 11:28 AM


The commander of the interim Metro Gang Strike Force, Chris Omodt, has been recalled from the position by his home department.

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek will hold a news conference today to announce that Omodt, a captain in his department, will return to the Hennepin Sheriff's Office.

A news release Thursday gave no explanation for the move but said Stanek will "describe his decision to recall Capt. Omodt" at the news conference.

In May, a state Legislative Auditor's report sharply criticized the way the anti-gang unit operated before Omodt became commander on Jan. 20. He "was not a member" of the Strike Force "when the mismanagement took place," the release said.

The Strike Force's operations were suspended indefinitely in June. Both the FBI and a panel appointed by state Public Safety Commissioner Michael Campion are conducting probes of the unit. The Strike Force's advisory board named Omodt commander of a 13-member interim anti-gang unit, which is to begin operations on Saturday.


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