Talking about Huron police chief Doug Schmitt was not a scheduled agenda item at last night’s Huron City Commission meeting, but that didn’t stop a standing room only crowd to show the city’s residents are behind their Top Cop. Fourteen people spoke during the City Commission meetings public forum, from a highway patrolman to a bar owner like James Christen…[audio:http://prprt.itmwpb.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/688/2011/03/schmitt-christen.mp3|titles=schmitt-christen]
Most of the comments were calm but passionate showing support for Schmitt. John North came for answers and let the Commission know it…[audio:http://prprt.itmwpb.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/688/2011/03/schmitt-north.mp3|titles=schmitt-north]
Jeff Sveen (s-ven) is an Aberdeen attorney who represents Dakota Provisions, one of the two processing plants alleged to have been referenced by Schmitt’s testimony…[audio:http://prprt.itmwpb.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/688/2011/03/schmitt-sveen.mp3|titles=schmitt-sveen]
Sveen went on to explain in detail the protocol Dakota Provisions uses to filter out illegal immigrants from being hired. Robert Coleman who hasn’t lived in Huron that long summed up most of the comments with this….[audio:http://prprt.itmwpb.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/688/2011/03/schmitt-coleman.mp3|titles=schmitt-coleman]
One person told the Commission they were going to start a petition drive to recall Mayor Dave McGirr and all four City Commissioners. Schmitt and his attorney met in executive session with the City Commission. City Attorney Gerry Kaufmann said an action by the Commission was not expected at this time.