Beloit seeks new agency to investigate police

Beloit reaches agreement with former chief, deputy chief; disciplinary charges dropped

Beloit officials are seeking a new agency to investigate the police department after Hillard Heintze withdrew from the process.

Beloit City Manager Lori Luther said in a news release Tuesday afternoon that the firm originally chosen to lead the investigation into Chief Norm Jacobs and Deputy Chief Tom Dunkin withdrew citing a need for a fair and impartial investigation.

Officials said the city opened an independent investigation into the department earlier this year after multiple complaints from officers and community members regarding the department’s leadership.

Luther said she is interviewing new firms to lead the investigation. She said the emphasis is on choosing a firm with complete independence from the police department “to address any concerns of bias.”

The release also said a firm is needed to independently investigate whether there was sufficient evidence to discipline Jacobs and Dunkin by placing them on administrative leave.

The results of the investigation will be shared with the police and fire commission. Luther said the commission has ultimate authority to determine discipline in the case.

David Zibolski is serving as the interim police chief in Beloit.