Clare officer fired, investigation underway

By Pat Maurer

Review Correspondent

An eight-veteran of the Clare Police Department, Sergeant Rich Ward, has been fired from the department, City Manager Ken Hibl said in a press release Wednesday.

Ward was the interim chief while Dwayne Miedzianowski was on administrative leave recently. Midge has since been reinstated. A source at the city said Ward’s termination had nothing to do with his duties while he was interim Police Chief.

Hibl’s release said Ward was terminated for cause. “The circumstances and details associated with this termination action remain under investigation and will not be publicly released until completion of the investigation,” the email stated.

Hibl added later that the termination date for Ward was September 23. “The termination action was not based or predicated on information or allegations that an individual’s or victim’s right were violated,” he said. “That is all the information that is available at this time,” Hibl said. “We will let you know when more information is available.”

One Response to Clare officer fired, investigation underway

  1. COMMONSENSE

    September 30, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Having firsthand knowledge of the “with cause” termination, I can guarantee the “with cause” is open to one individuals interpretation; specifically that of the city manager. A hasty decision fueled by a small picture perspective and tainted facts, by an individual with clearly deficient leadership faculties. A decision which doesn’t put the City of Clare first, or demonstrate any stewardship what so ever. Officer Ward is an excellent officer, an ambassador for the department, and a champion for the City of Clare. There are small town politics at play that demonstrate the depth of a dysfunctional city government. For those of you who know Richard Ward, when the facts come out, you will shake your head and think to yourself “really.” Should the dismissal stick, the City of Clare will lose a loyal son, and future department leader. “