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Stevens Point officer disciplined, demoted

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) - A Stevens Point police officer has been disciplined for insubordination.

The Police and Fire Commission met behind closed doors July 23rd to discuss what they called, “potential disciplinary action against a city police officer.” Officials could only say at the time that no citizen was endangered and the officer’s name and charges could not be released.

WSAU Radio filed an open records request with the City of Stevens Point. The request was initially denied when the officer's attorney objected, but the two sides reached an agreement a few days later.

Sergeant Timothy Davy has been placed on two weeks unpaid administrative leave for not following orders and for not properly following the chain of command. The report from Police Chief Kevin Ruder claims Davy was to assign officers to required 4th of July overtime slots and work them himself if necessary since there were not enough volunteers for the extra duty. Davy did neither.

Chief Ruder has recommended Davy be demoted from Sergeant to Officer, which Davy can appeal with the Police and Fire Commission.

Sally McGinty is the city’s Director of Emergency Management Support Services and the Police and Fire Commission liaison. McGinty says it’s rare for the Police and Fire Commission to deal with a disciplinary issue. She believes the last time Stevens Point disciplined an officer was in the 1980’s.

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