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Portage deputy city manager faces disciplinary action after arrest

City of Portage
Posted at 5:22 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 17:22:22-04

PORTAGE, Mich. — The City of Portage released on Wednesday the results of an investigation into Deputy City Manager Michael Carroll’s arrest on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Key findings include:

  • The City of Portage and the Portage Department of Public Safety followed written policies, protocol and procedures
  • There was no evidence of bias, special treatment or improper action by the city manager or police department
  • Carroll appears to have attempted to use his position in city government improperly during the traffic stop

The report recommends disciplinary action for Carroll and an employment requirement he undergo counseling, according to a news release.

A last-chance employment agreement will also be implemented.

“I believe we need to hold our employees to the highest standards, especially those in positions of leadership,” City Manager Joe La Margo said. “We will be following the recommendations of the independent investigation so we can move forward. This unfortunate incident will not distract us from our mission of ensuring Portage as a great place to live, raise a family, retire or run a small business.”

Read the case report and the investigative report.