Casper Police

Casper Police Department patrol vehicles sit in a city lot on West A Street in downtown Casper.

Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune

The statewide Fraternal Order of Police, which has roughly 300 members, announced in a brief statement its support for Casper FOP Lodge No. 6, which took the vote on Wetzel’s leadership.

Sixty officers, representing about two-thirds of the department’s 94 sworn officers, voted that they had no confidence in Wetzel’s leadership. Three voted in support of the chief, and another 10 officers abstained.

“The State FOP Board commends the efforts taken by Lodge #6 in an effort to improve not only their department, but also the quality of police services for the entire community,” the statement reads.

The Wyoming FOP represents the state’s officers on national issues.

Wetzel declined to comment on the no confidence vote during a Tuesday afternoon phone call.

The announcement is the latest development in a stunning two weeks at City Hall. The tumult began with the release of a survey that made public morale problems inside the Casper Police Department related to leadership issues. The survey also criticized city leadership for not acting after complaints about Wetzel were brought to the city manager’s office and human resources.

In the aftermath, members of the City Council called for an investigation and City Manager V.H. McDonald announced his retirement.

Follow managing editor Joshua Wolfson on Twitter @joshwolfson

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Joshua Wolfson joined the Star-Tribune in 2007, covering crime and health before taking over the arts section in 2013. He also served as managing editor before being named editor in June 2017. He lives in Casper with his wife and their two kids.

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