Second sergeant resigns after Rock County Sheriff’s Office investigation

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Friday, April 6, 2012
— The second of two sergeants under investigation for violating work rules has resigned from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. James Berlin and Sgt. Anthony Goth were accused of spending time at home or other places around the county while they were on duty, Chief Deputy Barbara Tillman said.

“We received an anonymous complaint that they weren’t devoting all their time to supervisory duties, that they weren’t actively patrolling,” Tillman said.

The two were third-shift supervisors.

Berlin on Wednesday resigned effective April 18, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. He will remain on paid administrative leave until that time, Tillman said.

Sgt. Anthony Goth on March 20 submitted his resignation, which went into effect Sunday.

They were placed on paid administrative leave March 17.

The internal investigation revealed that the two had been neglecting duty on a weekly basis since at least November, which is as far back as the department’s records go, Tillman said.

They weren’t doing so daily, but they were spending time not working on a weekly basis, she said. Department records do not indicate that any crimes were committed, she said.

The department investigates complaints against personnel in the same way it investigates crimes, Tillman said. That can include reviewing dispatch logs, interviewing people and using technology or surveillance, she said.

“The bottom line message is, if we receive a complaint of violations of general orders, we will determine whatever is necessary to get to the bottom of the complaint in our investigation,” Tillman said.

If the men hadn’t resigned, Sheriff Bob Spoden could have filed a formal complaint against them to the Rock County Public Safety and Justice Committee. The committee would have conducted a formal hearing, she said.

Berlin has worked for the sheriff’s office since 1996 and was promoted to sergeant in 2009, according to Rock County Human Resources Department records. Goth was hired in 1996 and promoted to sergeant in 2008, according to the records.

Last updated: 8:12 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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