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Special meeting of city council begins process of looking at the police department’s future

by Leslie Ehrenberg

The Appleton City Council invited Swift County Sheriff John Holtz to a special meeting Tuesday, January 2, to discuss possible interim coverage, or possible full time coverage, by the sheriff’s department.

“John is here so we can give him details on what the council is looking for. Are we looking for someone to provide interim coverage while we are looking for a police chief? He can also provide us with a proposal to take over the police department,” said City Clerk Roman Fidler.

Council Member Andrew Schmidt said he was a little perplexed. “At our December meeting, we were confident we would be about to use our current staff.”

The plan leading up to Police Chief Doug Moe’s January 12 retirement, was that he would be on call until then. Afterwards, senior police officer Cody Thompson would be able to serve as interim police chief.

However, an incident during the first week of January, showed city staff and City Attorney Danielle Olson there are disparities that need to be addressed.

Apparently a suspect could not be charged in regards to an incident because of a technicality. The part-time officer on call for the Appleton Police Department did not have the proper log in to file charges for Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) paperwork.

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