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FOX LAKE — City of Fox Lake officials have suspended Police Chief Patrick Lynch after he was involved in a fight with another man over Lynch’s ex-wife.

City Administrator Bill Petracek said the Common Council suspended 50-year-old Lynch for four days without pay.

“Right now, our two police officers are filling in on the street and I’m handling the administrative end,” Petracek said.

Petracek said the Fox Lake Common Council will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, in closed session to discuss the situation involving the police chief.

The disciplinary action is a slap in the face and doesn’t go far enough, said Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls. Addressing the Common Council on Tuesday night as a citizen and taxpayer of the city of Fox Lake, Nehls called for the resignation of Lynch. He cited concerns over the direction of the Police Department and the conduct of the police chief.

“There have been many complaints from citizens, and city officials have documentation of things (Lynch) has done that is contrary to law enforcement ethics and morals,” Nehls said today, reiterating comments he made as a citizen to the Fox Lake council. “This is not the type of conduct we expect from a senior law enforcement official.”

Lynch has served the City of Fox Lake as police chief since Jan. 1, 1996, and oversees three full-time and three part-time police officers.

Nehls contends that Lynch should have been on administrative suspension pending the outcome of the investigation of the Feb. 5 fight. The investigation is being headed by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department.

Reports about the fight from the Columbia County and Dodge County sheriff’s departments and the Fox Lake Police Department will be compiled and then forwarded to the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office for review.

“The City Council reacted too quickly and didn’t wait for the investigation to be concluded,” Nehls said. “The investigation isn’t nearly complete and yet city officials have already rendered judgment that (Lynch) is an innocent victim.”

According to police reports, Fox Lake police officers were called to a Weed Street apartment at 8:49 p.m. Feb. 5 for a report of two men involved in a physical fight. A 39-year-old Fox Lake man was taken into custody and transported to the Dodge County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. No charges were filed against Lynch.

Nehls, who was on the scene of the incident, said both men admitted to throwing punches.

“From the look of the 39-year-old’s injuries, he was definitely the loser in the fight,” Nehls said. “If any of the (Fox Lake) officers ever did half the stuff that Lynch has done, he would have terminated them.”

The light punishment ordered by Fox Lake officials is inconsistent with past disciplinary measures meted out by Lynch to law enforcement officers, said Nehls, referring to a police officer who was suspended for over a month following his involvement in an off-duty fight in a bar last year and a former officer who was given 12 days off without pay in 2005 for failing to shoot a wounded deer.

“This current disciplinary action is against the way they’ve conducted business in this Police Department in the past and is a slap in the face to any disciplinary procedure,” Nehls said.


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