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Rolfe to receive list of police inventory

October 9, 2012
By JOE SUTTER ( , Messenger News

ROLFE - The Rolfe City Council requested some information about equipment in the city's police inventory Monday.

Rolfe resident Mary Allen spoke to the council on what she said were "things the people in the community wanted to ask" regarding Police Chief Don Westering.

At an Aug. 27 meeting the council voted 4-1 to recommend that Westering be dismissed for misconduct, after hearing testimony from many citizens both for and against dismissal. Under Iowa law, the decision is ultimately up to the mayor. Two weeks later Mayor Mike Hayek announced he would not dismiss Westering.

On Monday, Allen said she wondered if Westering had too many resources for a small-town cop.

"Another thing the citizens are concerned about is all the things Don has in a town the size of Rolfe that aren't necessary," she said. "Like an assault rifle, strips, other things that some people call 'toys.' And when are those toys going to be taken away?"

Hayek said the Police Department bought an assault rifle in 2009, when Westering first started as police chief and Hayek was on the council.

"It was at a time they were doing school training and stuff like that, urban assault basically. (Westering) asked the council at the time if he could purchase one, and the council at the time agreed," Hayek said.

Councilman Al Kuchenreuther requested a list of what equipment was in the Rolfe Police Department inventory.

"All I want is a listing of what we have, because we've never gotten one, and we're supposed to get one every year," he said.

Hayek agreed that this should be done, and said they would work on an inventory list for the police and fire departments and mail it out to the council members.

Additionally, Allen said some people had concerns with Westering sitting in homes or backyards socializing when he was on duty.

Hayek and Westering met after the meeting to discuss what Hayek called his expectations for Westering.

"I've addressed some of the concerns of what Don does during his shift," Hayek told the Messenger.

He declined to give further details, as he wasn't sure if they were public knowledge.



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