Judge Drops Felony Charges Against Marshfield Police Chief

Riley Hebert

Judge Drops Felony Charges Against Marshfield Police Chief

2 mins
February 22, 2021

Marshfield Police Chief Rick Gramza has had three felony charges against him dropped. According to WDLB, the Portage County Judge hearing Gramza’s Wood County court case determined today there is not enough evidence to support three felony charges of misconduct in public office with use of excessive authority.

Visiting Judge Thomas Eagon did find enough evidence to proceed with misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and fourth-degree sexual assault.  The Judge issued his ruling without hearing from the alleged victim in the case, a female officer with the Marshfield Police Department, who told an outside investigator the contact with Gramza dates back to 2015.

The 48-year-old Gramza has acknowledged a sexual relationship with the employee but told investigators the contact was consensual. Gramza remains free on a 10-thousand-dollar signature bond.  Judge Eagon scheduled a pre-trial conference for March 22nd at 11:00 a.m. Meanwhile, Gramza will find out next month whether he will keep his job.

The city is proceeding with employment-related charges against the Chief. The city’s Police-and-Fire Commission has scheduled a series of eight hearings between March 10th and 25th which will determine whether Gramza violated any city personnel policies; and if he did, the commission would then decide if that should result in some sort of disciplinary action, such as suspension or termination.

Gramza was placed on paid administrative leave in mid-August but has continued to receive his salary-and-benefit package from the city totaling just over 146-thousand dollars, including an annual base wage of 104-thousand-500 dollars.

This article was orginally reported by
Riley Hebert

Riley Hebert is news director for Central Wisconsin Broadcasting.