Town of Delavan police officer faces violations hearing in strip club incident
DELAVAN A town of Delavan police officer will have a chance Dec. 10 to explain what happened the night he is accused of violating 13 department policies at the Vegas Gentleman’s Club in Darien on Aug. 12.
The town police and fire commission will hold a public evidentiary hearing Monday morning for officer Jeremiah Burdick in the city of Delavan’s council chambers in the Delavan Municipal Building, 123 S. 2nd St.
Burdick is accused of violations including harassing staff and patrons, using his police identification to avoid paying a cover charge and urinating in the strip club’s parking lot, according to a charging document filed by Town of Delavan Police Chief Phillip Smith.
He is also accused of violating Town of Delavan Police Department policies including one prohibiting officers from accepting material benefits, one requiring officers to avoid behavior that could bring the department into disrepute and one requiring officers to always cooperate with police from other agencies.
Walworth County deputies ticketed Burdick for disorderly conduct and for having an open intoxicant in public, according to online court documents.
On Oct. 24, he pleaded not guilty to both charges.
A trial is set for Dec. 12, according to online court records.
The town’s police and fire commission’s attorney, Richard Scholz of Elkhorn will act as judge during Monday’s hearing.
Five commission members will serve as a jury during the hearing to determine if Burdick violated department rules. If he has, the jury will also decide whether the discipline proposed by the chief is appropriate.
See the Dec. 11 print edition of the Gazette or check back online for the story.