Fremont fires police chief amid sexual misconduct investigation

A photo of Fremont Police Chief Randall Wright. (Courtesy: City of Fremont)

FREMONT, Mich. — Fremont City Council has fired the city’s police chief after he was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The decision was made at the council’s Monday night meeting, the first since the city started the investigation into now former Chief Randall Wright. He had been on administrative leave since being accused of inappropriately touching a woman while on a bus trip to a Detroit Tigers game.

Sgt. Jon Geeting will remain in charge of the Fremont Police Department until a permanent replacement is appointed.

Wright is facing one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly making unwanted contact with and making sexual remarks to a woman on the trip, which was organized by the Fraternal Order of Police.

The alleged victim also told police Wright was touching other women on the trip without their consent.

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5 comments

  • Ron the unrighteous

    I thought someone was innocent until proven guilty. Sad PC bull culture. If he’s found innocent I hope he bankrupts the town

    • Michael

      A chief is almost always an at will employee. It doesn’t matter if he’s criminally charged or not- he doesn’t have a right to his position. They can fire him for simply not having the values they want in a chief of police.

      • Jenna

        Do you think he would have been fired if these allegations were not brought against him???

        Doubt it.

        That is the guilty until proven innocent point.

        • Michael

          Innocent until proven guilty applies to court- not employment. If they fired him there’s something that the investigation uncovered that they didn’t like. Even if he goes to trial and gets found not guilty something happened that the city didn’t like.

  • digiphot2

    You want to GUESS how many times this chief has WISHED he had NEVER ACTED THIS WAY ??? I once worked a case like this where disabled veterans were being harassed by a police chief who had lost his previous regular officer job in another city. The reason for his firing on that post was that he was having sex on duty and exposing ( no pun intended ) his poor officer patrol partner to the very real danger of NOT having a “back up officer,” with him on calls, any of which could be especially violent if not life threatening. ( The offending officer was 64 yrs. old. )
    As loathsome as this chief’s situation WAS, I really LEARNED SOMETHING……. and I know supposedly this should not actually excuse away his oafish behavior and ignorant attitude , BUT the DISMISSED OFFICER WAS = A “DINOSAUR”; meaning: most of the TIME for him, coming up through the ranks during the times he served , HIS BRAND OF UNCOUTH, SOCIALLY UNEDUCATED ANTICS, OFTEN WERE TOLERATED AS HUMOROUS OR SIMPLY IGNORED by co-workers and supervisors. ( So, rather than excusable, which he definitely ISN’T , it was as if he needed to be “RE-WOUND,” BUT WASN’T . Or like a big old dog that HAS NEVER BEEN TRAINED, SO REFUSES TO BE HOUSE BROKEN, AND REMAINS A REAL DANGER TO ANY HUMAN THAT’S WITHIN STRIKING AREA. ) OTHER THAN GIVE HIM AN EARLY RETIREMENT, OR DISMISS HIM ( which , I feel, would be rather sad ) AFTER ALL OF THE YEARS OF SERVICE HE’S LOGGED IN —-I Personally DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH SOME LIKE HIM.
    Catherine H.

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