Posted at 2:30 p.m. on May 4, 2017
The Brillion News
WRIGHTSTOWN – Michael Sullivan has submitted his resignation as Hortonville Police Chief and has been approved for a position as a patrol officer with the Wrightstown Police Department, filling a five-month vacancy on the four-officer department.
Sullivan’s hire was approved on Tuesday evening by the Wrightstown Village Board, after trustees met in closed session with Police Chief Greg Deike.
Sullivan had worked in Hortonville for many years before other officers made complaints against him. The village’s police commission ordered him to serve a two-week suspension, but the complaining officers filed new accusations.
In his letter of resignation, Sullivan said the situation in Hortonville had become very political and he did not have the support of the village’s administration.
Deike said none of the accusations made against Sullivan in Hortonville warrant his termination – and the Hortonville Police Commission agreed.
“Unfortunately things happened [in Hortonville] that had to be taken care of, but I think he’s going to be a great candidate for this department,” Deike said.
Wrightstown Village Administrator Travis Coenen said Sullivan underwent an extensive investigation prior to Chief Deike recommending that Sullivan be hired for the open police officer position.
Sullivan’s hire is not complete until he successfully completes required testing.
A complete report will be featured in the May 11 print edition of The Brillion News. This story may be updated prior to May 11. The photo accompanying this story is of Wrightstown Police Chief Greg Deike.