DeForest police chief rejects severance offer, rescinds resignation

The DeForest Police Chief has rejected an offer from the village for a severance package and has rescinded his offer to resign.

Village Board President Judd Blau says the severance package offer to Chief Daniel Furseth was around $120,000. It included six months pay and accrued sick and vacation time. Blau says Chief Furseth rejected the offer July 19, and also took back his offer to resign.

Furseth has been on administrative leave since video surfaced of him making derogatory remarks about a group of African-American men. The video was made 11 years ago, but released just recently. An investigation about the incident found while there seems to be implicit racial bias in the department Chief Furseth runs, there was no evidence of explicit or overt racial discrimination.

Blau tells 27 News the DeForest Village Board will now have to decide whether to file a charge with the Police Commission. The board could also decide to take no action on the matter. But it's waiting to hear a report on a second investigation into Chief Furseth

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