Goodhue, Minnesota, a small town in the southeastern part of the state, lost its entire police force after the chief and other members of the police force tendered their resignations.
“I think we’re all a little caught off guard, but we’re resilient and we’re going to carry on,” Goodhue Mayor Ellen Anderson Buck told Fox 9.
“I want to reiterate that we will have police protection in the town of Goodhue,” Buck said. “That’s no problem.”
Police Chief Josh Smith, who will remain in office until August 24, told city officials that he could not find anyone to sign up for the police service.
“It’s been three weeks now, we have no applicants and I have no prospects,” Smith said on July 26. “I’ve called every PD to find the youngest people out there to come into play. No one comes into play.”
“If you want to keep the PD, and we want to continue to do that, something has to change dramatically and drastically, and that has to happen now.”
A member of Goodhue City Council commended the police for maintaining law and order in the city of Goodhue.
“I can probably speak on behalf of everyone when I say they have provided excellent security to our community. And the small town policing that they did, we want that back.”
Police Chief Smith also told Goodhue City Council that the police are dwindling in recruitment due to low wages and competition from larger cities.
Minnesota’s largest city, Minneapolis is the setting for one of the most important police stories of the past decade.
The last former Minneapolis police officer convicted in the death of George Floyd received a four-year, nine-month sentence on Aug. 7.
Before sentencing was decided, Thao took the time to talk about Jesus and recalled reading the Bible while in prison “sorrowful” over the “false narratives” surrounding the case.
Goodhue Police, the mayor and city council members did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.