Village administrator and officers file second complaint against Hortonville police chief

The first of a two-day hearing in the case of Hortonville Police Chief, Michael Sullivan, December 21, 2016. (WLUK)

HORTONVILLE (WLUK) -- A second complaint has been filed against the Hortonville police chief since he returned from a suspension one month ago.

Chief Michael Sullivan was suspended for two weeks for violating department policies in February. Sullivan was accused of harassment, discrimination, threatening officers if they file grievances, disclosing confidential information, and lying about the facts of an investigation into his conduct.

Last week, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association filed a complaint, accusing Sullivan of continuing to violate employment law through coercive tactics.

The new complaint filed Thursday by the village administrator and all of the police department's full-time officers accuses Sullivan of submitting a false affidavit to the village's police commission as it was considering his misconduct charges in January.

The complaint says Sullivan misled an investigator from the Wisconsin Department of Justice about the village's finances and falsely accused village officials of wrongdoing.

The complaint asks the police commission to conduct hearings whether Sullivan should be disciplined or terminated.

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