Officer faces unpaid leave
A Wells police officer will be suspended if he agrees with conditions spelled out by city officials.
Following a short closed-session Monday night, council members voted unanimously to approve a “discipline and remedial actions” contract with Alex Thostenson.
“It calls for termination if he does not meet conditions of the contract,” says City Administrator Jeremy Germann.
Should Thostenson accept the disciplinary conditions, he will be placed on two-weeks unpaid suspension immediately.
The council’s action is the result of an investigation conducted by the Waseca County Sheriff’s Office.
Thostenson, who has been a full-time officer for seven years, has been on paid administrative leave since Oct. 3.
On Oct. 10, the council met behind closed doors with Thostenson and his attorney Scott Higbee for more than two hours.
At that time Germann said the officer was accused of two actions that are unbecoming of an officer and not reporting an incident to his superior officer.
“There were two reports of him drinking and driving while off-duty. Both incidents were investigated and there was nothing criminal found,” says Germann.
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