DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Two leaders in the Devils Lake Police Department have signed separation agreements with the city.

Chief Keith Schroeder and Capt. Jon Barnett have been on paid administrative leave for more than a month, after a city assessment found low morale and reports of a hostile work environment at the police department.

The two men are being paid a combined $76,000 as part of the agreement. The deal includes a clause prohibiting city employees from criticizing the officers. It also says Schroeder and Barnett admit no wrongdoing or liability.

Devils Lake City Commissioner Ben Sander says it made sense for the city to “thank everybody and get on our way.”

Commissioners will decide soon on how to proceed with the search for a new police chief.

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