NEW INFORMATION: Amery Police Chief suspended, warned after OWI arrest

AMERY, Wis. (CITY OF AMERY NEWS RELEASE) -- The Amery City Council met on Monday evening, February 24th to complete its investigation regarding the OWI citation issued to Amery Police Chief Tom Marson.

On Thursday, February 20th, Chief Marson pled guilty to operating his vehicle while under the influence on the night of February 15th. The court imposed a $714 fine and suspended Chief Marson’s driver license for six months and required Chief Marson to attended AODA counseling.

After meeting with Chief Marson and his attorney, Mark Biller, the Amery City Council decided to take the following action:

- Chief Marson has been suspended without pay for a two week period beginning on Monday, February 24th.
- Chief Marson has received a Last Chance Warning outlining that if in the future he were to violate any State laws or and City polices or procedure, he will be subject to immediate termination from his position as the Amery Police Chief.
- Chief Marson will be expected to fulfill all of the requirements outlined in the Court’s decision regarding this offense including attending ADOA counseling.
- During the six month suspension of his driver’s license, Chief Marson will be required to have a temporary worker driving permit and will be required to leave the Chief’s police vehicle at the police station when he is not working.
- Chief Marson also agreed to waive his right under state law to a Public Hearing § 62.13.

In taking this action the City Council considered Chief Marson’s 29 year service record with the Amery Police Department including the past eleven years he has served as Police Chief. Chief Marson has had an exemplary record and has served the Amery Community extremely well during this time. In addition, Chief Marson has handled himself with great integrity and honesty since the incident and initially contacted the Sherriff’s department to report his accident. During the Sheriff Department’s investigation, Chief Marson cooperated fully with the department and then took complete responsibility for his actions when he pled guilty to the citations. Finally, the majority of community feedback received by members of the City Council and the Mayor have been very supportive of Chief Marson.

The City Council felt that because of the nature of the incident and his position as Police Chief, it was still necessary to take further action beyond what the court had decided. However, the Council has complete confidence in Chief Marson and believes that this incident will not impact Tom’s ability to continue to fulfill the responsibilities as the Amery Police Chief. Chief Marson has been very remorseful and understands how his actions have impacted the Council, the department and the community.

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