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City Council reprimands Mayor Jensen

Humboldt Mayor Walter Jensen was reprimanded by the five members of the Humboldt City Council this week, but Jensen said he will not resign and believes he is doing a good job. Humboldt Independent photo.

Following a one-hour closed session meeting last Friday, the Humboldt City Council issued a terse statement saying it strongly disapproved of the actions of Humboldt Mayor Walter Jensen in relation to criminal charges filed in Polk County earlier this year.
The statement was signed by all five council members and was read at Monday night’s Humboldt City Council meeting by City Council member John Sleiter. It reads as follows:
“We, the members of the Humboldt City Council, hereby publicly express our strong disapproval of the actions of Mayor Jensen with respect to the criminal charges currently pending against him in Polk County. His conduct has put the city of Humboldt and the City Council in an embarrassing position. We hope that the mayor will take a hard look at whether this situation compromises his ability to effectively carry out the duties of his office."
The statement goes on to say that the council is mindful of its legal duties and will continue to monitor the situation.
Jensen was accused of second degree criminal mischief, a class D felony, related to a truck keying incident that allegedly occurred in West Des Moines late in the evening of April 24. Jensen met with the owner of the truck and a trained facilitator and agreed to a $1,500 restitution payment. Jensen said when the judge signs off on the agreement, the charges against him will be dropped.
“I want to apologize to the council...I want to apologize to the citizens of Humboldt and any anguish I may have caused them for any reason. I feel I am doing my job to the best of my ability. If I didn’t think so I wouldn’t be continuing to sit here,” Jensen said.
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