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Owen police chief resigns amid misconduct allegations


Owen (WAOW) - The Owen police chief has resigned amid misconduct in office allegations, according to a letter submitted by Chief Andrew Schade Wednesday.

"Please accept this letter as formal notification that I am resigning from my position with the City of Owen Police Department effectively immediately," the letter said.

Schade was being investigated by the Dunn County Sheriff's Department on a number of allegations, according to documents obtained by Newsline 9.

He has been on paid administrative leave since September. Schade was set to appear in front of the Police Disciplinary Committee on January 10 in regards to the allegations.

Schade was the only member of the Owen Police Department at the time. The Clark County Sheriff's Department has been covering the area in his absence.

Newsline 9 left a message for Schade's attorney. Our calls were not returned.

Some of the misconduct allegations include not following proper procedure in an OWI case, using his law enforcement discount to buy a personal firearm, and giving passes to his friends when it came to criminal matters.

The investigation also alleges Schade may not live within the required radius from Owen to serve as police chief.

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