Solon Springs eliminates Police Department

By KBJR News 1

July 9, 2014 Updated Jul 9, 2014 at 6:55 PM CDT

Solon Springs, WI (NNCNOW.com)--- The town of Solon Springs, Wisconsin has eliminated its one officer police department.

The decision comes one year after allegations surfaced against Officer Gerald Olson, claiming he made unwanted sexual contact with a woman he offered a ride to.

Olson was put on paid administrative leave while Superior Police investigated the incident.

Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank reviewed the case and decided not to file charges against Olson.

Solon Springs Village President Mike Blaylock said the town has been functioning without an officer since the allegations, and it was best to eliminate the position in light of what happened.

Now the Sheriff's Department will keep the peace without the advantage of a local cop.

"It's unfortunate for us from the standpoint, ya know helping us out with you know taking some calls, but also the information side of it. It's unfortunate for Solon Springs both the village and the town, to have that person at their disposal," said Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec.

Over the long holiday weekend the sheriff's department responded to 15 calls in Solon Springs.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
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