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WAYLAND, Mich. (WOOD) - Michigan State Police investigators say they will not request criminal charges against Wayland Police Chief Dan Miller -- but in the end it's up to the prosecutor's office to decide if charges will be filed.
Miller has been on paid suspension since last month amid allegations that he misused property seized in the course of police work.
City officials called in the state police to investigate the matter that police say involved an electronic GPS unit, a set of tools, and some golf clubs.
Miller has cooperated with investigators and has explained what happened with the items in question, state police officials said.
In many cases, police request a certain charge from the prosecutor who will make the charging decision. But in this case, the state police say they won't request a charge, but have still sent their reports to the prosecutor for review.
"They make the decision," said Michigan State Police Sgt. Matt Doan. "It comes down to the prosecutor."
It's not clear whether or not the Allegan county prosecutor who normally has jurisdiction over Wayland will make the decision given Miller's position as a police chief. The prosecutor may have the case reviewed by an official in another county.
Last month, Miller denied any wrongdoing and said the investigation stemmed from small-town politics - not from anything he did wrong.
City officials said last month that they were waiting for findings from the State Police to determine what, if any, discipline will be handed down against Miller.
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