Beloit

Primary Turnout High in Southern Wisconsin

Apr 6, 2016

County officials report high levels of voter turnout for Tuesday’s primaries.

Rock County reported levels of 62%, while Walworth county reported over 32%.   Polling places reported long lines, with some Janesville voters citing waits of 45 minutes or more. 

Yesterday’s election was also the first with high turnout to require a photo ID.  The Janesville Gazette reported that police had to confront a belligerent voter in Hedberg, but most people had no issue with the requirement. 

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City of Beloit

The city of Beloit has reached a settlement with its top two police officials. Beloit City Council unanimously approved retirement deals for the two, who have been on paid administrative leave since June. 

  An external review accused Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin of leadership problems and mismanagement of the department. They were to face disciplinary hearings before the city’s police and fire commission next month.

New hearing dates have been set to review charges against the two top officers of the Beloit Police Department.

The Beloit Police and Fire Commission scheduled nine days in January to hear evidence against Beloit Police Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin.

City Manager Lori Luther told a news conference October 13 that Jacobs and Dunkin “grossly mismanaged the department, incurring significant liability for the city and the community as a whole.”

Beloit officials are seeking a new consultant to conduct its internal review of the Beloit Police Department in the wake of its two top officers being placed on administrative leave.

Chicago-based security management firm Hillard  Heintze, whose report to Beloit City Manager Lori Luther resulted in Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Durkin stepping aside, said it was withdrawing to ensure impartiality and maintain the integrity of the Beloit Police Department.

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