Superior's Police Chief Responds To Recent Personnel Issues

By KBJR News 1

April 10, 2012 Updated Apr 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM CST

Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Superior's police chief says he wants to put negative incidents involving Superior police officers behind them and move on.

Last week the investigation into perjury allegations against former police captain Chad LaLor wrapped up with no charges filed.
However LaLor did leave the department.

Chief Chuck LaGesse talked about that investigation Tuesday.

LeAnn Wallace reports.

While the report shows there's not enough evidence to file criminal charges against Chad LaLor, Chief LaGesse says he still believes LaLor has been less than forthright.

In November of last year LaLor testified at a disciplinary hearing.
He responded to questions concerning an alcohol involved hit and run accident in March of 2009 in Superior.

LaLor testified that he did not believe he had driven while intoxicated prior to that night but did not report the incident until the following day, too late for a breathalyzer test.

A month after his testimony, fellow officers approached Chief LaGesse and told him they believed LaLor had falsely testified.
At that point the chief opened an internal investigation asking the Washburn County Sheriff to look into the matter.

While the report showed there was not sufficient evidence to support a charge of perjury, Chief LaGesse still believes LaLor had not been completely forthright.

"I felt that I could not dismiss the statements of officers and return Captain LaLor to his position as a Division Commander in our department. I believe that the trust of the community and the officers of the department would be severely impacted by the unresolved allegations."

LaLor was with the Superior Police department for more than 17 years.

He signed a voluntary separation agreement last month.
LaGesse took over as chief three months ago.

He said this has been a difficult situation because LaLor was his friend and was also a good asset in the department.

Meanwhile Chad LaLor has maintained his innocence throughout the investigation.

Chief LaGesse said his goal now is to put these issues behind them and to continue to focus on reducing crime in Superior.

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