Oak Creek police officer temporarily dismissed


— Sergeant Dave Miller of the Oak Creek Police Department has been temporarily dismissed.

His behavior at the June 13 Town Board meeting led the board to require Miller undergo a complete psychological evaluation and anger management classes before he can return to the job, Mayor Cargo Rodeman said.

He has been placed on paid leave.

When Miller has completed the requirements he will be allowed to return to the police department on six-months probation, Rodeman said.

The unanimous vote came after Sgt. Miller lost his temper against fellow officer Jason Lunnen. Police Chief Tom Ling had announced his resignation that same day and Lunnen was named interim-police chief.

Miller, who has worked in the Town of Oak Creek for six years, angrily protested the decision to promote newcomer Lunnen, Rodeman said.

"He was yelling at Jason a lot," she said. "We had to close the door and we could still hear him yelling."

"Citizens were concerned for Lunnen's safety," Town Clerk Nancy Crawford said.

During the two weeks between Town Board meetings, Trustee Jay Elliot requested an executive session to discuss Miller's behavior.

"Inaction would have been inappropriate," Rodeman said. "We all have outbursts in our private lives, but there are certain places, times and people you can't loose it in front of."

According to Rodeman, Miller has amicably accepted the decision.

Interim-chief Lunnen prepared a letter listing the requirements for Miller's reinstatement. Miller signed the letter late yesterday.

Miller is scheduled for psychological evaluation today.


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