Owen Chief of Police resigns following investigation
By Travis Rogers, Jr. and Hub City Times staff
OWEN – City of Owen’s Police Chief Andrew Schade resigned Dec. 20, following a three-month investigation by Dunn County Sheriff’s Sergeant Todd Kurtzahls.
Andrew Schade had been placed on paid administrative leave in September and a formal complaint was filed with Dunn County by the Owen City Council
The Council ordered an investigation, after determining that Schade had failed to ensure that all citizens were treated fairly and that all city, county, and state laws were enforced consistently.
Official documents from the report, released Dec. 18, include a complaint filed by Dr. Pamela Jaffke, president of the Owen Common Council.
In the complain, Dr. Jaffke listed the following statement of charges: “Failure to enforce the laws and ordinances of the City of Owen, County of Clark, and State of WI; Failure to preserve the health, safety, public peace, and social order of the city and its residents; Failure to ensure that all employees of the police department provide fair, firm, equitable law enforcement to all members of the public.”
Sgt. Todd Kurtzahls submitted his report Dec. 13, confirming dereliction of duty, as well as misuse of city resources.
Schade was scheduled to meet with Owen’s Police Disciplinary Committee Jan. 10 to discuss the charges.