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.