Concerns raised about probe of police officer’s alleged misconduct

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A Winooski police officer is on desk duty pending a Vermont State Police investigation into alleged misconduct at his prior department.

The Vermont State Police investigation into former Williston Administrative Sgt. Justin Huizenga began in late April, according to Vermont State Police public information Adam Silverman at the time.

A September 2017 investigative report, uncovered last month by Local 22 & Local 44 News and ordered by the town of Williston, alleged several complaints against Huizenga, including spending hours at the gym during his paid shift and abuse of sick time.

He resigned before a hearing. Huizenga became a Winooski police officer in October 2017.

After Local 22 & Local 44 News’ initial report, Chittenden County state’s attorney Sarah George requested an investigation into Huizenga’s conduct and state police obliged.

“Officer Huizenga has been on administrative (desk) duty since the day I was notified an investigation was taking place,” wrote Winooski Police Chief Rick Hebert in an email. “He will remain in that capacity until we have the results of the investigation.”

George said Thursday she would have concerns if no interviews had been conducted yet in the investigation.

“That is concerning mostly because, in the meantime, Officer Huizenga is not working and Winooski Police is already down and so, for their own good, I would like it to be wrapped up sooner than later,” said George.

As for state police, Adam Silverman said Thursday the investigation is ongoing but would not comment on whether anyone had been interviewed.

Erik Wells, assistant to the Williston town manager, says the office has not been contacted by Vermont State Police since it was told there would be an investigation. He said he does not know of anyone being interviewed, as of Thursday.

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