SUPERIOR, WI (KDAL) - Superior Chief of Police, Charles LaGesse, says officer George Gothner has returned to duty status with the department. Gothner will be working in an administrative duty assignment and will not return to patrol duty, pending the decision of a Special Prosecutor. Officer Gothner has been on paid administrative leave since early January while a charge of using excessive force is investigated. A John Doe hearing on the matter is scheduled for October 3rd. Since that process has been slower than anticipated, LaGesse says such an extended administrative leave status was not in the best interest of the mission of the department.