Onalaska’s fire chief faces a five-day suspension for speeding and driving drunk, and then making comments to police after his traffic stop.
The proposed punishment for Chief Billy Hayes is spelled out in a stipulated agreement posted on the city of Onalaska web page.
According to the agreement, Hayes admitted he was stopped for driving drunk and speeding, and that he reportedly mentioned his position with the city to get out of a ticket.
It’s that comment that is considered a violation of city policy about proper conduct for employees.
Hayes also admitted to drinking with Assistant Police Chief Jeff Cavender, who retired shortly after being placed on leave because of the incident.
The Onalaska police and fire commission is scheduled to vote on the agreement and penalty at a meeting Monday.
The agreement also noted that Hayes will get a review nine months from now to see whether he has lived up to the agreement.