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Centralia Police Officer resigned after appearing impaired during training –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On October 5, 2019

Centralia, IL. (ECWd) –

Update: According to, former officer Micah Sensel has been charged in Marion County with Class 4 Felony possession of controlled substance (on Sep 10, 2019) – he posted a $500 bond and is awaiting trial. 

Centralia Police Officer Micah Sensel resigned from the department on June 17, 2019 after more than two years as a police officer.

According to public records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the resignation came thru a separation agreement after being placed on administrative leave on May 22, 2019. He was to be paid on administrative leave thru June 16, 2019.

Since this resignation was not part of an official adjudication, the City released the investigative summary.

According to this summary report, Sensel displayed concerning behavior while attending on-duty training, which consisted of:

  • acting lethargic
  • displaying behavior believing someone was in his car that was not
  • he was immediately removed from the training and ordered transported to the police station
  • the driver diverted him to the nearest emergency room instead because he exerted symptoms of a stroke or were heavily impaired by some medication or intoxicant
  • prior to a class the previous day, it was communicated that he was acting lethargic and slurring his speech
  • Sensel was removed from duty on May 20, 2019 after results of a formal investigation
  • a criminal investigation was turned over to the Illinois State Police after a suspected controlled substance was found in his backpack
  • Sensel then requested to be placed on administrative leave to participate in an in-patient drug treatment program

The separation agreement restricted the City from providing information to prospective employers with the exception of basic employment information.

His salary was $52,383.58.

Read the report below:

Sensel Resignation FOIA
Sensel inv FOIA



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1 Comment
  • F. Serpico
    Posted at 23:25h, 05 October

    Geez, what’s in the water down there? Looks like the PD is handling these things promptly and effectively, though, I would want to know his history if I were hiring him subsequent to this “separation.”