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MADRID, Iowa (AP) — The mayor of the Iowa town of Madrid has resigned amid discussions about whether to resolve the local police department.

The Des Moines Register reports Dirk Ringgenberg resigned late last week. He had proposed transferring Madrid’s law enforcement responsibilities to the Boones County sheriff partly because the town is facing several lawsuits alleging police misconduct.

Madrid paid a $50,000 settlement last year in one of the lawsuits.

Some residents oppose eliminating Madrid’s police force because they worry the town would get less attention. Madrid resident Truen Olson is urging residents to oppose closing the department.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com