MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News) U-W Milwaukee Police Chief Michael Marzion has been demoted to captain, for trading sexually-explicit messages online with a female student.
The 48-year-old Marzion was on administrative leave, with pay, while the matter was investigated. The school says he'll stay on that leave while U-W-M considers additional actions. In the meantime, assistant chief Gregory Habeck has been named the interim campus police chief. He's been serving in that post since Marzion first went on leave.
The female student accused the chief of sexually harassing her online. Investigator Gary Gerlach said in June that Marzion did not violate U-W Milwaukee policies on discriminatory conduct. He found that the student encouraged the communications this past spring -- including some of the explicit remarks. However, Gerlach said the chief needs to be above reproach because his department investigates claims of sexual harassment.
Marzion has been the U-W-M police chief since 2010.