Wilton police chief resigns

There are 65 comments on the Muscatine Journal story from Mar 24, 2006, titled Wilton police chief resigns. In it, Muscatine Journal reports that:

WILTON, Iowa -- Wilton Police Chief Steve Mallinger said Thursday he resigned after his request to reinstate a suspended police officer was rejected by Mayor Dick Summy.

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jimisgirl61502

Wilton, IA

#21 Apr 4, 2006
none of your business wrote:
I gots some comments for Mr. Matt Conrad,The only reason your not an Officer for the city of wilton, was because you liked going to outside cities flashing your badge. I just thought i would let the truth out, But i also agree with you. We need John back as Chief of Police. You shouldn't talk crap about David, You remind me of scott layne, talking behind peoples backs, Be a Big man and go say it to his face.But i would also like to tell you that i know you applied as a full time police officer,after Jansen left. i know for a fact, you will not get the job,and that was from the hope to be next chief of police,you should know what people think of you.
i don't KHOW ANY THING ABOUT THE PAST CHIEF EXCEPT HE WAS ALWAYS PLEASANT TO ME WHEN WE BRUSHED PATHS.HOW DO YOU KNOW SCOTT TALKS ABOUT OTHERS IF YOU"RE NOT TALKING ABOUT HIM??ALSO, IF BUSH RESIGHNED HIS PRESIDENCY, WHO STEPS IN?I BELIEVE THE VICE PRES. NOW OF COURSE OTHERS CAN APPLY, BUT ACTING SURPRISED THAT HE DID APPLY IS JUST PLAIN REDICULUS.UNLESS YOU ARE NOSTRODOMUS YOU HAVE NO IDEA IF HE HAS A CHANCE OF OBTAINING THE POSISITION, THAT IS OF COURSE YOU ARE CORRUPT AND HAVE THINGS TO HIDE. HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN CORDIAL TO ME AND MY FAMILY.I SUPPOSE SINCE I AM APPLYING, THER WILL BE SOME KIND SCANDLE THER BECAUSE I AM A WOMAN, OR MAYBE BECAUSE I AM SHORT!!! COME ON PEEPS ARE YOU SURE WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF YOU???????
JIMISGIRL

Wilton, IA

#22 Apr 4, 2006
HEY, THE POLICE APP. IS NOT 18 PAGES LONG.TWO PAGES ARE OF THE SCEENING PROCESS.ONE PAGE CONTAINS THE REQUIRMENTS OF BEING AN OFFICER.ONE PAGE IS THE PHYSICAL REQUIRMENTS.WHEW, THANXS FOR THAT. AND THE LAST PAGE IS WHEN AND WHERE THE TESTING WILL BE.AGAIN, THANXS,HOW DUMB WOULD I LOOK WALKING IN CIRCLES WONDERING WHERE TO GO FOR THE TEST!!SOME PEOPLE HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN TO COMPLAIN, GET A HOBBY!!
none of your business

Davenport, IA

#23 Apr 4, 2006
Just to let people know i like scott layne,he has always been good to me,he's also a good cop,but i do believe John Sperstad should be chief. i never said anything about scott becoming chief or not, if he gets the position more power to him, The citizens in wilton dont know the crap that the former chief,and scott pulled on john.
Justin Warren

Galena, IL

#24 Apr 4, 2006
Did I say that you had to write on those 18 pages in the application? No. As for you two why are you hiding behind Jimisgirl and none of you business names? You could at least let everyone know where you stand and sign like adults.

I really hope that John does apply and gets it he's been a good friend to me since we were sixteen. He has been wronged by his previous supervisors and things need to be set right.

As for coming down on Matt, did you actually see his turned in application or did you just hear that he got one? There is a big difference.

Matt if you happen to see this don't even bother responding to them unless they sign like adults.
Teri Carson

Wilton, IA

#25 Apr 4, 2006
Matt Conrad wrote:
Ok so I have heard a ton about these transcripts where are they who has them and where did they come from. How can people be sure that they haven't been edited? Just wondering.
Matt: Both the audiotape from the incident, and the typed transcripts from the audio are public record, and as far as I know, available at the Wilton Police Department. The Muscatine Journal printed a copy of the transcripts last week after the council meeting.
Teri Carson

Wilton, IA

#26 Apr 4, 2006
Matt Conrad wrote:
Lets not get me started with terri, she has stirred up alot of stuff. I have seen her name in the paper more than any other citizen in wilton. Why is she fighting the council? Could it be that she wasn't elected mayor and trying to make a name for herself. I feel that she is doing this for personal gain, so that when the next election comes up the city will vote for her. I think that this is the wrong way to get votes as a matter of fact I think that she is losing votes. That is just my opinion though.
Matt: I did not run for Mayor. You are way off target about the "personal gain" comment. I have lived in Wilton for many years, and I love this town. I have never had a problem with any of our officers. They all have strengths and weakenesses (they are all human). I do have a problem when Officers are told to let some citizens break laws, and I feel we expect and respect our officers for upholding the law. I simply want ALL the citizens of Wilton to be treated fairly, and I want to know that my family is safe, and that Wilton remains a good town in which to raise my family. Although I have been approached by several groups and asked to run for Mayor and Council - I do not intend to run in the near future. Please don't make nasty remarks about me. If you have questions, please ask me. Thanks for stating that it is only your opinion, and you are entitled to your opinion. If you had attended any of the council meetings when I have spoken, you would have been able to understand my concerns, and have been able to see that I ALWAYS spoke in a courteous and professional manner to the Mayor and Council members.
Teri Carson

Wilton, IA

#27 Apr 4, 2006
Kate Bolton wrote:
Teri wants her son hired as a cop...I think that a lot of people in Wilton know that. She is backing them, so that they look harder at him as a potential hire.
Ms. Bolton: Do you know me? I certainly don't recognize your name. And, for your information, my son isn't even a part of the Reserve Police anymore. I'm not certain if you have him confused with someone else, or perhaps have me confused with someone else. Anyway, your comments were unfair. I have no interest in determining, affecting, nor asking who the City Council and Mayor intend to hire for Chief or other officer positions. In fact, it is my opinion that whomever ends up with the job of Chief will be in a difficult situation at best. We have had many good police officers in Wilton, and as long as they do their job no matter who the person involved is - I'm okay with that. I haven't had problems with the police - I suppose mainly because I try to obey the laws and be respectful to the officer no matter who he/she is. I would find it doubtful that there are people in Wilton who think I am trying to get my son on the Police Force. I guess if David does have aspirations to be a Wilton Police Officer, he has the option of applying. He certainly hasn't let me in on that secret. And, frankly, as a mom, it would be my advice that he NOT pursue it.
none of your business

Davenport, IA

#28 Apr 4, 2006
for you justin,you have no room to talk, all your doing is night security,you quit wilton p.d. then couldn't get on anywhere else,because you could not pass the physical.I heard that you barely made the academy,and as for you and john being friends,i would think about that.

To Terri thank you for all your support.
none of your business

Davenport, IA

#29 Apr 4, 2006
and to justin, you were not asked to come back,the only officer i heard asked to be brought back was my good friend John Sperstad.
Teri Carson

Wilton, IA

#30 Apr 4, 2006
Matt Conrad wrote:
So apparently she got the transcripts from david. Well I can tell you that she is going about this the wrong way and that the city won't hire someone who is going to stirr this stuff up. I also doubt that david is going to pass the physical testing of it so why bother. Oh well then she well figure it out.
Matt:
I did not get transcripts from David. I listened to the tape, and read the transcripts - they are public record. To my knowledge, David hasn't heard the tape nor read the transcripts - but you'd have to ask him. Yes, I doubt David would pass the physical at this time. But, as I explained, I seriously doubt that David has any intention of applying for an officer's job in Wilton. I do believe that anyone who feel he/she is qualified should apply. I also feel they should take a good look at the position, and not be over confident about what they can accomplish given the situation. I hope whomever gets the job is professional, fair, and has tough skin.
Carla Johnson

United States

#31 Apr 5, 2006
David has not heard the tape.
David did not have the transcript to give to anybody.
It was published in the Muscatine Journal.
David has no intention of applying for a police position in Wilton.
Any further ?'s
Justin Warren

United States

#32 Apr 5, 2006
Still not posting your name huh? As for barely making it into the academy I made the run in 12 min 21 sec so it sounds like I actually made it. Being asked not to come back? That's the first I heard of that, when I resigned the only one I talked to was Scott and he was civil with me. I haven't tested with any departments since I left Wilton, so wherever you got your infofmation it's way off. And yes I'm the assistant director of security at the Figge Art Museum and I make almost as much money as I did as a cop, just 40 dollars a paycheck less, and I made $38,500 my last year at Wilton without alot of overtime. I'm going to call John today and try to see who are, I'm done with you unless you step up.
Matt Conrad

Wilton, IA

#33 Apr 5, 2006
Teri thank you for responding. I apperciate you putting out all your facts in the open. I have gotten the wrong opionion of you. I still believe some of my facts to be true but I want to say thank you for setting some things straight. As for none of your business your comments are prolly all false. I think after reading your comments nobody will take you seriously. Every time you comment your story changes are you applying or are you just making it up just like most your comments. At least everyone else has the guts to post there name so everyone know where they stand. Good luck on Cheif.
Anonymous

Grinnell, IA

#34 Apr 5, 2006
Justin Warren is the best officer Wilton has ever seen and I hope he comes back.
Anonymous

Walnut, IA

#35 Apr 5, 2006
matt conrad! scott layne told me your gay? is that true
JESSICA PHELPS

Wilton, IA

#36 Apr 6, 2006
I CAN TELL YOU FIRST HAND THAT MATT'S NOT GAY. MATT IS A REALLY GOOD GUY! ITS PRETTY SAD YOU HAVE TO PUT PEOPLE DOWN TO MAKE YOURSELF FEEL BETTER....PRETTY LOW....GET A LIFE!
Mel Monpude

Harlan, IA

#37 Apr 7, 2006
Thank God, someone finally said take it easy with citizens. These "Special Forces" Swat Team tactics may be useful in a rare few cases, but usually not for drunk driving, public intoxication or any misdemeanor. For that matter many if not most felonies don't require severe measures. Albeit, cuffs for transport is not over-reaction.
DAVID JOHNSON

Eldora, IA

#38 Apr 11, 2006
ATTN ALL:
DAVID JOHNSON IS NOT TRYING TO GET ON THE WILTON POLICE DEPARTMENT, FIND ANOTHER TOPIC, NOW!
ANONYMOUS

Wilton, IA

#39 Apr 13, 2006
I BET MONEY THAT 'NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS' IS SCOTT LAYNE
Chris Penn

Wilton, IA

#41 Apr 17, 2006
Justin
are you or are you not the officer who stopped a drunk driver cited him for open container and then let him go. Then moments later he hit an off duty police officers personal vehicle. Now who is the dumb one. By the way have you passed any physical agility tests latley moron.

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