Clark Joslin wants the city of Isanti to know he’s always acted in its best interest in the approximate 40 years he’s served as assistant city attorney and city attorney.
During citizens input held prior to the June 4 Isanti City Council meeting, Joslin responded to a KSTP broadcast that aired on June 2 about how he handled incidents relating to former Police Chief Gene Hill.
The broadcast claimed Joslin knew Hill had interfered with a criminal investigation involving former officer Rodrick Barrows but did not take any action regarding situation. Hill was put on paid administrative leave at the end of January and was officially terminated in mid-May.
Barrows was charged in April 2017 with fifth-degree misdemeanor assault stemming from an incident in an elevator of the Isanti County Jail involving the arrest of an intoxicated male. Barrows was acquitted of the charge in February 2018 following a jury trial.
“First of all, I’m sorry for what the city goes through in situations like this and the reflection on everyone, including myself,” Joslin said. “Over the time I’ve served the city of Isanti as city attorney, which spans the better part of 40 years, including the time I served as assistant, I tried do that job and do it well, and I believe I have. The portrayal of my role in the matter by the press called into question that integrity, and I want to tell the council and the public that I stand by the advice on how I handled my advice to the city in that matter. I will continue to try to do my utmost to represent the best interest of the city at all times. That’s always what I’ve done and I will always continue to do that.”
Joslin reminded the public that certain information regarding city employees cannot be released.
“There are things that cannot be relayed to the press or cannot be relayed to the public because of the Data Practices Act, data privacy, attorney-client privilege, and for that reason, it’s not appropriate for me to address a number of specifics that would be nice to address in public, but it isn’t public data and it’s not to be shared and could have consequences negatively to the city if I breach any of those duties,” Joslin said.
Joslin stands behind his decisions he made regarding Hill.
“I just want you to know that I believe I acted properly. I don’t think the coverage that has occurred recently depicted a lot of the information that went into the decisions I made in advising the council, and I just want you to know that you have my support as you always have, and that I will continue to do the best job I can for you and I will do it ethically and to the best of my judgment and ability,” Joslin said.
Joslin said there are times when people may disagree on matters, but he’s always tried to be respectful.
“There are occasions when reasonable minds may differ in terms of the appropriate course of action or steps to be taken; that happens,” Joslin said. “But always I’ve tried in instances where I’ve disagreed with opinions of others to do that respectfully and in an appropriate manner and not to disparage or create controversies that are not beneficial to the resolution of matters of moving forward with city business. That’s my style and will continue to be so.”
In other action the council:
• Approved a resolution approving the contract of chief of police for Travis Muyres who will have an annual salary of $95,551. Prior to being named police chief, Muyres has served as lieutenant for the city since 2014.
• Approved an ordinance that states no parking will be allowed on the west side of Dahlin Avenue Northeast, extending from Heritage Boulevard Northeast to Main Street Northeast.
• Approved an interim use for the operation of a 1,250-square-foot tattoo studio in an existing strip mall at 303 Credit Union Drive.
• Approved a resolution to allow a minor subdivision and a site plan for Dollar General to be located at the corner of Highway 65 and Palomino Road Southeast.