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Stevens Point police sergeant suspended 2 weeks


STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A veteran Stevens Point police sergeant began serving a two-week suspension without pay this week as discipline for failing to follow orders to call in some officers for extra duty during the Fourth of July holiday, City Attorney Andrew Logan Beveridge said Thursday.

Sgt. Timothy Davy began serving the suspension Tuesday after agreeing to settle the dispute with the police chief without formal proceedings from the city Police and Fire Commission, Beveridge said.

Police Chief Kevin Ruder originally proposed that Davy, who has worked for the department for 26 years, be demoted to officer for failing to follow the chain of command, Beveridge said.

According to Beveridge, Davy had been ordered by an assistant police chief on June 26 to fill two officer slots for July 4 and July 6 if there were no volunteers for the overtime duty. Davy indicated he wouldn't do it, and the police chief viewed the decision as a "serious matter of insubordination," Beveridge said.

An assistant police chief eventually made the call-in decisions, the attorney said.

Asked why Davy balked at making the call-ins, Beveridge said, "Records I have seen don't have a clear indication of his motivation."

In a statement Thursday, Davy's attorney, Brian Formella, said the officer interpreted "the manpower directive in light of his experience and interpretation of various conflicting published directives and communications of the police department that pertain to overtime and on-call issues.”

Davy has received many commendations and outstanding performance evaluations, the statement said.

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