Wed., Feb. 26, 2014 | NEWS
City council gives chief second chance
Suspension and last-chance warning following DUI
AMERY - The Amery City Council has given the city's police chief a second chance in the wake of his pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated.
A statement issued Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 26, says that the council met Monday evening with the chief, Tom Marson, and his attorney, Mark Biller.
Marson pled guilty to operating his vehicle while under the influence on the evening of Feb. 15. The court imposed a $714 fine, suspended his driver's license for six months and required him to attend AODA counseling.
Following Monday's meeting, the council approved the following action:
- Chief Marson has been suspended without pay for a two week period beginning on Monday, Feb. 24.
- Chief Marson has received a "last chance warning," outlining that if in the future he were to violate any state laws or and city polices or procedure, he will be subject to immediate termination from his position as the Amery Police Chief.
- Chief Marson will be expected to fulfill all of the requirements outlined in the court’s decision regarding this offense including attending ADOA counseling.
- During the six month suspension of his driver’s license, Chief Marson will be required to have a temporary worker driving permit and will be required to leave the chief’s police vehicle at the police station when he is not working.
- Chief Marson also agreed to waive his right under state law to a Public Hearing 62.13.
"In taking this action the city council considered Chief Marson’s 29-year service record with the Amery Police Department including the past eleven years he has served as Police Chief," said the city's statement. "Chief Marson has had an exemplary record and has served the Amery Community extremely well during this time. In addition, Chief Marson has handled himself with great integrity and honesty since the incident and initially contacted the sheriff’s department to report his accident. During the sheriff department’s investigation, Chief Marson cooperated fully with the department and then took complete responsibility for his actions when he pled guilty to the citations. Finally, the majority of community feedback received by members of the city council and the mayor have been very supportive of Chief Marson.
"The city council felt that because of the nature of the incident and his position as Police Chief, it was still necessary to take further action beyond what the court had decided. However, the council has complete confidence in Chief Marson and believes that this incident will not impact Tom’s ability to continue to fulfill the responsibilities as the Amery Police Chief. Chief Marson has been very remorseful and understands how his actions have impacted the Council, the department and the community."