FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) — A former Flandreau police chief who resigned amid a state investigation into alleged misconduct in his department has lost a battle to have his lawman's certification reinstated.

Mike Eisenbarth had taken a job as a Moody County sheriff's deputy earlier this year, and needed the South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission to reinstate his certification.

The Argus Leader newspaper reports that the commission has voted unanimously not to do so. Assistant Attorney General Kelly Marnette says the group decided Eisenbarth lacked "good moral character."

Eisenbarth can appeal the commission's decision to circuit court. It was unclear if he planned to do that. A home telephone listing for him could not be found.

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