Rock County patrol supervisors placed on leave

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Friday, March 16, 2012
— Two third-shift Rock County Sheriff’s Office patrol supervisors have been placed on paid leave pending an internal investigation, Sheriff Bob Spoden said.

Sgt. Anthony Goth and Sgt. James Berlin were placed on administrative leave at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Spoden said. Officials are investigating the possibility of policy or general order violations, he said.

It is common practice to place employees on leave while investigating possible violations “that are of a serious nature,” Spoden said.

Sheriff’s office administrators will determine whether any violations occurred and whether any discipline would be warranted, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Administrators have not determined if any laws were broken, Spoden said.

Berlin has worked for the county since September 1996, according to Rock County Human Resources records. He worked as a corrections officer in 1998, which was the earliest information available Thursday, according to the records.

He has worked as a sergeant since December 2009, according to the records.

Goth was hired as a correctional officer in 1998 and has been a sergeant since July 2008, according to human resources records.

Patrol supervisors oversee their shifts and handle any serious complaints or calls, Spoden said. They mentor officers to be productive and to respond to calls in a timely manner, he said.

“Patrol sergeants, especially on third shift, act de facto as the sheriff in those hours when I’m home sleeping,” Spoden said.

The patrol division has nine sergeants, according to the sheriff’s office annual report.

Last updated: 7:56 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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