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Town of Beloit police vote against chief

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ANN MARIE AMES
February 3, 2009
— Town of Beloit Police Department employees have announced a vote of no confidence in Police Chief John Wilson.

The Jan. 20 vote, announced in a press release issued Monday by Teamsters Union Local 695, follows a complaint filed in December against Wilson, according to records obtained by The Janesville Gazette under Wisconsin's Open Records Law.


The union represents the town's full-time police officers and clerks.


The nature of the December complaint and who filed it are not clear from the records.


The town hired a third party to conduct an internal investigation of the complaint, Administrator Bob Museus said. Wilson received a letter of reprimand, according to town documents.


The police chief serves under the authority of the town administrator. The town board acts as a police commission.


The Gazette's records request still is pending, and town officials are unable to comment on the nature of the complaint, Museus said.


The Gazette was unable to reach Wilson for comment.


A union representative declined to comment on the news release.


The vote reflected three things, according to the union news release:


-- An issue the union presented to the town Dec. 12.


-- A hostile work environment.


-- Employees' fear of retaliation by Wilson for the presented issue.


The town is not legally obligated to take action after a vote of no confidence, Museus said.


Town board members likely will be interested in the matter and want to discuss it, board Chairman Greg Groves said.


"We will discuss it, but I'm not sure what will happen," Groves said.



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