Clare officer fired, investigation underway

September 30, 2011

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.”

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