Midge back on the job

Clare Police Chief Dwayne Miedzianowski is back on the job. Placed on paid administrative leave for a couple of different incidents that are being investigated, the Chief has been twiddling his thumbs for the last couple of months waiting for the day he can return to work.

That day came yesterday. He was informed by City Manager Ken Hibl he could return. Hibl said, “I remain convinced that our current practice and the decision to place Chief Midge on admin leave is a sound and wise practice and the decision was appropriate and consistent with that practice- particularly in light of the allegations made in this case.”

He added, “The practice is meant to protect the municipality’s, the employee’s and the public’s best interests. The admin leave period generally take a week to ten days. But in this particular case, we were the victims of circumstances (two competing major, high-priority criminal investigations, the need to assign a special prosecutor, etc.) that resulted in making this an abnormal situation.”

“I am absolutely comfortable that we have done our due diligence in this matter and that the public’s best interests are best served by bringing Chief Midge back to duty with the remaining restrictions,” concluded Hibl.

Those restrictions are:

  1. He shall not be present at any situation or event that results in apprehension, interrogation, detention, or arrest of an individual (s).
  2. He shall not carry or use a weapon during the conduct of your administrative and supervisory duties.
  3. Even though the investigation has been completed, he shall not discuss or in any manner attempt to influence any aspect of the investigation which prompted your placement on administrative leave.

On Wednesday, Michelle Ambrozaitis, Clare County Prosecutor was informed that the State Attorney General’s Office had appointed the Gladwin County Prosecuting Attorney to conduct the legal review in this matter.