OFFICE OF THE CARVER COUNTY ATTORNEY
JAMES W. KEELER, JR. COUNTY ATTORNEY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Allison O’Toole
April 21, 2009 952.361.1397
Carver County Attorney Jim Keeler Charges Gaylord Police Chief With Misconduct
Carver County Attorney Jim Keeler announced today his office has charged Gaylord Police Chief Dale Lee
Roiger, 60, with Misconduct of a Public Officer and Illegal Interception of Communications, both gross
The criminal complaint alleges that around July 25, 2007, Roiger directed one of his police officers to secretly
place a voice activated tape recorder in the office of the Chamber of Commerce in Gaylord, Minnesota. Roiger
suspected members of the Gaylord City Council were violating Minnesota’s open meeting law by secretly
meeting in the Gaylord Chamber of Commerce office. At the time, the Gaylord City Council was considering
hiring the Sibley County Sheriff’s Office for police protection.
Roiger admitted to two separate persons that he tried “bugging” the Chamber of Commerce office but was
unsuccessful. Roiger admitted to one of the persons that he got the “bugging device” from the City of Glencoe.
A Glencoe police detective later confirmed loaning a digital voice activated tape recorder to Gaylord Police
Officer Tom Webster.
Webster told a Carver County Sheriff’s detective that Roiger asked him to borrow a tape recorder from Glencoe
and put it in the Chamber of Commerce office to try to record members of the Gaylord City Council violating
the Open Meeting law. At Roiger’s direction, Webster used a key from the Gaylord City Hall to enter the
Chamber of Commerce office where he taped the recorder under an office cart and turned it on. Webster
returned the next night and removed the recorder. Webster listened briefly to the recording and concluded
nothing was recorded. Webster returned the recorder to the Glencoe Police Department.
The Carver County Sheriff’s detective received a recording from the digital recorder loaned to Webster. The
recording contains a male voice stating, “testing 1, 2 . . . testing, testing, testing.” Later in the recording, a
telephone answering machine is heard identifying the location as the Gaylord Chamber of Commerce Office.
Webster stated Roiger told him to lie to the police and claim the recorder was used in a drug case.
Roiger admitted making comments about recording the meetings, but only to find out where his comments
would go. Roiger denied attempting to record a conversation.
To avoid conflict of interests, the case was investigated by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office and is being
prosecuted by the Carver County Attorney’s Office.
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