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Police Chief of Chesaning Fired

The chief of police of the village of Chesaning is out of a job.

In a 5-2 vote during a village council meeting Tuesday, July 2, council members decided to end Chief Stacy Wilburn’s employment with the community. She had been chief of the Chesaning Police Department for the past 12 years, first as interim chief after former police chief Larry Arbogast was let go from the position. Officials cite excessive absenteeism, missed scheduled meetings, complaints from subordinates, misuse of police vehicles, among several other reasons.

Village officials say in a news release Wilburn agreed to a Performance Improvement Plan on February 20 to attempt to help her become successful but she failed to follow through with the plan. They say since January 1,  she missed 27 days of work, eight of which she did not inform the village administrator or other village officials. They are working with Saginaw County Central Dispatch to determine an additional ten days marked on her timesheet but with no record of her clocking in or out on those days.

The full list of employment violations are as follows.

• excessive missed work;

• numerous no-call/no-shows;

• uncovered shifts;

• failure to attend scheduled meetings;

• failure to complete police reports;

• misuse of police vehicle;

• failure to return phone calls;

• extensive missed calls;

• failure to complete payroll, resulting in officers missing wages for a payroll cycle;

• failure to repair radar trailer;

• failure to address phone answering system problems;

• failure meet expectations of Performance Improvement Plan;

• numerous complaints from subordinate officers.

It isn’t known at this time who will lead the department in Wilburn’s absence.

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