Alpena MSP Trooper fired for misconduct wins back badge

A former Michigan State Police Trooper from Alpena who was fired for misconduct has been reinstated and his rank restored.

Sgt. Michael Oliver was let go by the department in April 2011, following an internal investigation into charges of misconduct in office and tampering with evidence.

In July 2008, Oliver opened a computer at the MSP Post in Alpena that contained child pornography and was a piece of evidence in an ongoing investigation.  He allegedly planned to transfer some pornographic images to a computer owned by a man he claimed his wife was dating.

Oliver avoided jail time by pleading guilty in January 2011, to a reduced charge of willful neglect of a public officer.  He was placed on probation for one year and ordered to perform 240 hours of community service.  Three months later he was fired by MSP. 

Tiffany Brown, a spokesperson for MSP in Lansing told True North Radio that Oliver fought his dismissal through arbitration and was reinstated on December 2, 2011.  Since that time he has been going through what she called the “recognition of prior training and experience” process.

That basically means Oliver is going through a re-certification process and has yet to be assigned to a new MSP post.