New Northwood officer resigns; ineligible due to assault charge

2012-11-02T00:01:00Z New Northwood officer resigns; ineligible due to assault chargeBy KRISTIN BUEHNER Mason City Globe Gazette
November 02, 2012 12:01 am  • 

NORTHWOOD — A newly hired Northwood police officer has resigned after the city was notified by the state that he is ineligible to serve as a peace officer in Iowa.

Officer Mohamed M. Mohamed, who is from the Twin Cities area, submitted his resignation Thursday, Police Chief Shayne Hoch said.

At a special meeting Wednesday evening, the Northwood City Council approved Mohamed’s termination after notification by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy that he was ineligible due to a previous assault charge.

The assault was a misdemeanor and dates back about 10 years, Hoch said. Mohamed was not convicted of the assault, Hoch said.

Formerly employed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Mohamed had begun working for the Northwood Police Department Oct. 14.

He was given until 5 p.m. Thursday to resign or face termination.

Also Wednesday, the City Council approved hiring Justin Nerlien, of Northwood, to replace Mohamed. Councilman Gary Nerlien, Justin’s father, excused himself from the voting.

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  1. darekop
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    darekop - November 08, 2012 9:08 am
    please someone get this guy a lawyer, he needs to sue the city of northwood. it's their job to do a background check and do any follow up needed. they should have known this information before they ever offered him the job. now he has no job and no income all thanks to the city of northwood. the city will settle out of court asap to avoid any further bad publicity, look for a lawyer in des moines or from minnesota. if anyone reads this and knows him tell him this!!!!
  2. SH
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    SH - November 03, 2012 12:26 am
    How come the Globe is letting IowaPride leave up this hurtful and ignorant comment?
  3. Scotsman
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    Scotsman - November 02, 2012 2:24 pm
    As I suspected. This person created his online account today in order to post one of the most bigoted, xenophobic, and ignorant comments I have read recently.

    The fact that he tries to connect this ignorance with purported pride in Iowa (hence the online name) is repugnant. For the second time today, I will throw out the phrase "it takes all sorts to make a world".
  4. justbecauseican
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    justbecauseican - November 02, 2012 11:14 am
    Exactly! Too bad the city didn't back him until his appeal in December. Mo will get this cleared up and another town will be lucky to get him as an officer. Northwood missed out on this one. Good Luck to you Mo!
  5. sfte4441
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    sfte4441 - November 02, 2012 11:01 am
    I guess Iowapride55555 doesn't know what EOE means. Name is nothing. The best candidate should be the one for the job. Until you really know the facts guess maybe you shouldn't be saying much. Of cource the councilman would vote him no to back this guy up just so his son can get in. I would of thought the city would back up there employees until found guilty.
  6. justbecauseican
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    justbecauseican - November 02, 2012 10:55 am
    Nice... "Best news I heard all week". "Why would Northwood hire a man named Mohamed Mohamed?" Let's see...he is a good man with great work ethic, family values and a passion to be a police officer! The other officers all liked working with Mo...We have had positive change in our police department! Shane, Ben and Denny are great. Mo was a great addition to that team. They are all from other towns with un-biased views coming in!
  7. tired33333
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    tired33333 - November 02, 2012 9:37 am
    So the poor guy gets forced to resign or face termination over a charge he was never found guilty of? Way to go Iowa Law. So much for innocent until proven guilty. It appears to be guilty no matter way for this poor guy. Thankfully the councilman's son was able to take the vacated position. Which means I'm guessing he was only the second best candidate but having daddy on the council must work wonders.... Hmmmm????
  8. Eddy
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    Eddy - November 02, 2012 9:17 am
    Why not hire him, not like he broke into his ex-wife's home then threatened her with a gun at a restaurant like some of their former law enforcement.
  9. IowaPride55555
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    IowaPride55555 - November 02, 2012 7:41 am
    This is about the best news I've heard all week. Why in the world would Northwood hire a man named Mohamed Mohamed in the first place?
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