Stevens Point Police and Fire Commission take action in special meeting about police chief

Published: Mar. 17, 2020 at 4:45 PM CDT
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The Stevens Point police and fire commission went into closed session Tuesday to discuss the investigation of accusations made against the Police Chief Martin Skibba and the commission's special counsel said the commission took actions.

Commission members and the city attorney were in attendance, however Skibba was not. Special counsel for the commission, Dean Dietrich, said the commission is going to get in contact with Skibba to discuss those actions and more details should be provided to the public Wednesday.

Details surrounding why Skibba was put on paid administrative leave are few, outside of him being accused of possible police department rule violations.

states the public will not know while the investigation is active.

the city's police and fire commission is the entity that has the power to hire and fire police officers, as well as discipline those officers, including the chief of police.

According to the law, Skibba could request a public hearing before the commission makes a final decision. When asked whether he has done that, Dietrich responded saying more information will come out later.

If the board determines that "the charges are not sustained," Skibba would have to be reinstated. If the charges are sustained, then he could be removed from office, suspended, demoted, or suspended and demoted.