2 Waukesha police officials who resigned smoked pot, department says
Waukesha - A Waukesha police lieutenant and a police officer who were put on administrative leave last year have resigned in the wake of charges ranging from illegal behavior to insubordination, according to internal investigation reports released Monday by the department.
Before they resigned Police Chief Russell Jack had moved to fire both.
Lt. Craig Rivers, who was first hired in 1988 and was later promoted to lieutenant, was first investigated after a heated argument last August between him an another officer. According to the reports, the fight stemmed from him having an extramarital affair with the wife of another officer while married to the sister of another officer, but his conduct had begun to interfere with duties in 2006 when he did not get promoted to captain. Investigation reports found that he was also smoking marijuana during the period.
Among other things, he was accused of failing to follow orders to properly staff the dispatch center and failing to properly monitor traffic grants that ended up costing the department thousands of dollars in overtime that wasn't covered by the grant. He was also accused of failing to properly administer a crossing guard contract, resulting in higher pay for guards than was negotiated in the contract.
Officer Scott Heitman was placed on leave last December after the investigation of Rivers revealed that Heitman had smoked marijuana with Rivers about six times between 2006 and 2008 on vacations and other personal time.