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Ex-Oregon police chief under state investigation involving Union Sports Club

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Dane County police chief who retired this week is now under a state investigation.

According to Madison newspaper and TV reports, former Oregon chief Doug Pettit did not tell village officials about a significant number of police calls for problems at the Union Sports Club.

That's where he and other Oregon officers had performed security work while off duty.

WISC-TV said the state Justice Department is looking into possible misconduct in office, for using village resources like police uniforms and squad cars in their off duty work.

The club lost its liquor license this summer, after Oregon Village Board members found earlier violations that officials did not know about -- including incidents of drugs and violence. Had they been known, board officials said the club would have lost its license earlier than it did.

The chief had gone on a medical leave before he announced on Monday he would retire.

The board issued a statement Thursday calling Pettit's behavior "reprehensible."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)