Early Friday morning, a Kenosha Police officer observed a vehicle that was crossing over into another lane. The officer pulled the driver over. The driver was identified as 34-year-old Veronica Gloria of Kenosha. Gloria works for Kenosha Joint Services. Kenosha Joint services is an intergovernmental agency that provides 9-1-1 dispatching, records, and other services for Kenosha Police and the Kenosha Sheriff. Gloria failed field sobriety tests and was cited for OWI 1st offence. She also had a THC vape pen in her possession. In Wisconsin, first OWI is non-criminal and is treated as an ordinance violation. The possession charge was cited also as a non-criminal ordinance. The officer could have asked the DA’s office to issue a criminal charge. Gloria’s blood was taken and sent to the crime lab. It will be many weeks before the results are obtained.
KCE spoke with Kenosha Joint Services assistant director Stephanie Lorenzo. Lorenzo told us that the KJS administration was aware of the arrest and they will be reviewing the police reports before they make a determination of whether or not to place her on a leave.
Joint Services has a new director, Josh Nielsen. Nielsen is overseen by the Joint Services Committee. Kenosha County Board Chairman Gabe Nudo recently proposed removing the Chairman of the Joint Services committee, Jeff Gentz. The County Board voted unanimously to make the change. The previous director, retired KPD Officer Tom Genthner and Gentz had an unwritten policy to not fire employees that have been in serious trouble off-duty like Brittney Smith who was charged with Felony Intimidate Victim/Use or Attempt Force, 1 count of Domestic battery, and 1 count of Disorderly Conduct with Domestic modifier. Kenosha Judge Jason Rossell erased the felony and misdemeanors from Smith’s record in an unusual expungement. She was allowed to keep her job. This will be the new director’s first test to see if he will allow employees who commit criminal behavior to continue to work at this important agency.