Bergen police chief quits amidst scandal

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The chief of the Bergen-based Hordaland Police District has agreed to leave his post in the wake of a harshly critical report about his leadership and a poor work environment within his district.

Not only was Geir Gudmundsen effectively responsible for the botched investigation of a little girl’s death, he also ignored the warnings issued by at least four whistle-blowers within his department. A state commission’s report issued late last week had strongly criticized leadership of the police district and claimed “they haven’t understood their own rules.”

Gudmundsen initially indicated that he had no intention of stepping down, but his boss, state director of police Odd Reidar Humlegård, had made it clear Gudmundsen would be reassigned. Like most public sector employees who get in trouble, he won’t lose his job but simply will be transferred to another position.

His defense attorney, John Christian Elden, claimed Gudmundsen was “taking responsibility” for the harsh assessment of the police district. Jon Reidar Nilsen has been named as acting police chief in Bergen at least until August 18. staff