Onalaska School Board member Jake Speed was cited for disorderly conduct after threatening to pull a gun on a power company lineman.

An employee at Riverland Energy Cooperative called the police the morning of May 17 after a lineman reported Speed threatened to pull a gun on him, according to records provided by the La Crosse County Public Safety Communications Center. The lineman was doing disconnection work and was threatened by Speed after attempting to approach the meter at N6779 Kramer Road, where Speed resides.

“The member said he would pull a gun on him if he went to the meter,” the caller tells dispatch. “That member is at our Onalaska office right now ... I think we should have a deputy over there.”

According to the call notes, Riverland employees requested that Speed be warned for his actions, and Speed eventually paid his power bill later that morning.

According to court records, Speed was charged with disorderly conduct in relation to the incident and pleaded no contest. Court records also show that Speed was cited this summer for failure to obtain a dog license and rabies vaccination for a dog he owned in Onalaska.

Speed, who is facing a potential recall election and has been publicly censured by the school board for his past behavior, did not immediately return emails directed to his school board address Wednesday. Two phone numbers listed in Speed’s name, including the number listed on the school board website, have been disconnected.

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Nathan Hansen has been the Education Reporter for the Tribune since 2014. Prior to that, he covered education, agriculture and business topics for the Winona Daily News. He is always on the lookout for news tips and can be contacted at 608-791-8234.

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