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Taylor County Sheriff Bruce Daniels has fired Sheriff Sergeant David Bender for his alleged misconduct during and after an arrest on March 4, 2013.  The Taylor County Personnel Committee has completed a “Determination Order” which takes into account nearly 20 hours of testimony regarding use of force during an arrest and the subsequent failure to document the use of force in Bender’s written report.  The committee determined that Bender violated the Taylor County Ethics Code and use of force guidelines.  In regard to reporting the use of force, the committee found Bender’s report to be an intentional misrepresentation of the incident because it did not describe significant use of force actions the day of the report.  The committee’s firm belief is that Sergeant Bender’s blatant disregard for Taylor County use of force procedures as well as the honesty and integrity concerns have brought unquestionable harm to his character and his ability to continue to function effectively as a member of the Taylor County Sheriff’s department.  The report indicated:  “Either of these deficiencies alone require his termination.  And that is the order of the committee”.  

The vote of the grievance committee to accept the request of Sheriff Daniels to terminate Bender’s employment was unanimous.

David Bender now has up to 20 days to appeal the committee’s determination.  The appeal process is termed a “Certiorari”.  It would involve a circuit judge reviewing the testimony, hearing arguments from the 2 attorneys in the case, and ultimately making a determination.  David Bender was an employee of the Taylor County Sheriff’s department for 9 years.



For the complete Case story click here for the PDF version.


The Taylor County Zoning Committee met on Thursday.  The committee discussed the county’s revised Shoreland Zoning ordinance.  Because the state passed Act 170, the bulk of the county’s zoning ordinance became null and void.  The revised ordinance contains updated statute numbers.  In addition, the revised ordinance stipulates the minimum area and width for buildings, the width of side yards, setbacks from highways within the shorelands of navigable waters, and setbacks from the water.  It spells out the removal of shore cover, and makes significant changes to regulating nonconforming uses and structures.  Taylor County zoning administrator Kyle Noonan told the committee that the revised language in the ordinance will bring the county into compliance with current state regulations.  The committee approved the 28 page ordinance and sent it on to the full county board for their consideration.

One way to measure the amount of new construction in the county is to check the sanitary permits issued.  Through July 17th there have been 27 Sanitary permits applied for in Taylor County.  That’s 11 fewer than last year at this time and this year’s 27 permits to date is actually 43 fewer than the year 2006 when 70 had been applied for.

Mother nature can be rough on septic systems.  Approximately 17 of the 27 sanitary permits applied for so far this year were to replace septic tanks which had collapsed under heavy pressure from the rain saturated soils.

The committee voted to approve the zoning department reimbursing any certified county employee for their hours, benefits, and mileage when they act as a standby inspector with the rate reviewed annually.

The county’s new plat books are now available and will be sold for $20 each.

The committee was informed that Kyle Patrick has applied for a “Non-metallic mining permit”.  The permit request indicates that Patrick intends to operate a gravel pit with a private driveway on Rustic Road.  The committee was told that he intends to crush approximately 10,000 cubic yards of gravel.  The reclamation plan has been completed and a bond posted.  The permits have been forwarded to the DNR and the town of Rib Lake.  The proposed 9 acre gravel pit is expected to be operational sometime following a 30 day comment period.




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