Police Chief Reported For Arranging Haircuts For Officers During Pandemic

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Local salon owner Dan Hoeck reported Neenah Police Chief Aaron Olson for arranging haircuts for his officers at work.

Neenah, WI – A salon owner complained mightily to state officials after he found out the local police chief had arranged for somebody to visit the police station to give officers haircuts twice a week while barbershops are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Neenah Police Chief Aaron Olson sent a memo to his staff on March 24 that said he had made arrangements for a hair stylist to come to the police station from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. twice a week because officers "still need to look presentable to the public,” the Appleton Post-Crescent reported.

The memo said the stylist’s temperature would be checked when they arrived and haircuts would be performed in the station’s garage.

Chief Olson recommended officers pay the stylist $15 to $20 in cash, according to the Appleton Post-Crescent.

The chief’s efforts appeared to have been made to try to maintain some normalcy in the appearance of Neenah police for the community, but they didn’t go over well.

Dan Hoeck, who owns two Sola Salon Studios in nearby Appleton and three more in Green Bay that are shut down in accordance with the governor’s executive order, threw a fit, according to the Appleton Post-Crescent.

"This isn't right," Hoeck said. "This can't be done. You're putting this individual in jeopardy on a whole bunch of different fronts."

The salon owner wasted no time in reporting the police chief’s activities to Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm.

He said Chief Olson’s maneuver not only violated the governor’s closure of non-essential businesses, but also broke health department regulations about operating a salon in an unauthorized place, according to the Appleton Post-Crescent.

In response, the police chief cancelled the haircuts for his officers.

"It's not worth the headache," Chief Olson told the Appleton Post-Crescent. "I felt it was OK to do because we're essential, and we need people to look professional."

He said the haircut issue was a “gray area” in the governor’s order.

"We did this with the best of intentions, but obviously people are not looking at it the same way we did," Olson told the Appleton Post-Crescent. "I take full responsibility for that. It's unfortunate that this is even newsworthy."

Comments (29)
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LynnSB
LynnSB

“A salon owner complained “I bet you the only goddamn reason she complains because it wasn’t her place they were using - what A petty son of a bitch son ! Now if the Officers starts officer start looking Raggy and uncapped again she be the first bitch to complain you people are goddamn sad shut the hell up mind your own goddamn business you’re just not happy unless you’re causing problems for somebody else

oldbat
oldbat

i agree she was pissed off she wasn't chosen so she made trouble

JBoH
JBoH

It does create the appearance of impropriety. Gotta remember, all public servants will be watched more carefully and it would be the same if firefighters, city administrators or anyone in government employ did it.

Forbidden
Forbidden

why? he knows he not supposed to do it. it was probably because his department has to look "professional." no tattoo's, no facial hair, hair cant be more than 1.23766 inches long, no external carry.

Viking24
Viking24

I’m sure several officers were wanting haircuts and I’m sure several barbers would have done it for free.
Bashing the police is America’s new past time.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

U.S. Senate Hair Care

Salon / Barbershop

Northeast Washington, Washington

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, call ahead to verify hours, and remember to practice social distancing

4/8/2020 21:23

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ikaika
ikaika

Well, of course! The politicians have to look pretty. I wonder how it works to get your hair cut from six feet away. Oh wait. Rules don't apply to them.

alaskalawdog
alaskalawdog

Numbnuts just guaranteed himself zero support from law enforcement once this is a distant memory. I certainly wouldn’t dark his fucking door. He probably can’t cut hair for shit, anyway.

SmileAndWave
SmileAndWave

Don't be stupid, shave that shit at home.

bluelinestrong
bluelinestrong

My son is in ROTC and does live video they are expected to be in uniform and be shaved and have their hair presentable. So I get that part. But

  1. this person is just mad because they were not chosen.
  2. the chief needs to be a little lax with the hair.
    Hay if a someone is willing to do this then thank you for supporting our men and womAn in blue.
Farticus
Farticus

They just need to call Lori Lightdoot.
She has a lady...

Jason942-
Jason942-

It’s obvious why this idiot complained. Someone else got the business.

rvigneault
rvigneault

shes pissed , screw her!

sturnman22
sturnman22

Chief - good for you - having a pair sometimes gets you in trouble. Stand tall - shit happens.

NFPD103
NFPD103

this is pathic and truly sad does this mean that when things return to normal she/he will call the health department every time a barber or stylist goes to someones home for $$$ to cut hair because they are old or can't leave their home due to disability as well?

Blueblood16
Blueblood16

Chicago mayor got her hair cut. But then again chicago politicians are known for being pretty crooked.

Cops kid
Cops kid

I'm thinking it's a safety issue... your long hair will be used against you in a scrap


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