Jacobs, Dunkin

Jacobs, Dunkin

Beloit City Manager Lori Curtis Luther has formally announced that she’s seeking the termination of the City’s top two cops. Curtis Luther announced at a news conference on Tuesday that she is filing 14 charges against Police Chief Norm Jacobs and 10 charges against Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin, with the Police and Fire Commission.

Charges against the two men stem from two independent investigations, and are being filed with the city’s Police and Fire Commission.

The charges listed against Jacobs include:
— Failure to perform job duties in a competent manner.
— Attempting to hire an unqualified candidate with a felony record.
— Violation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
— Lack of responsiveness to a citizen complaint.
— Mismanagement of evidence and the property room.
— Failure to ensure department compliance with strip-search statute and to update and ensure compliance with strip-search policy.
— Failure to qualify with a firearm.
— Release of gambling funds in violation of policy.
— Failure to have a criminal intelligence-sharing policy or practice, as required by federal regulations
— Failure to document an internal affairs complaint

Charges against Dunkin include:
— Failure to perform job duties in a competent manner.
— Attempting to hire an unqualified candidate with a felony record.
— Lack of responsiveness to a citizen complaint.
— Mismanagement of evidence and the property room.
— Failure to qualify with a firearm.
— Failure to have a criminal intelligence-sharing policy or practice, as required by federal regulations
— Failure to properly maintain internal affairs files.

The attorneys for the two long time police professionals say both men plan to fight the politically motivated charges. The city posted documents related to its investigations on its website Tuesday. Jacobs and Dunkin have been on paid administrative leave since June, when City officials received an independent firm’s assessment of the department.

WCLO

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