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Darien could vote Monday on police chief

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ANN MARIE AMES
February 15, 2009
— The Darien Village Board on Monday night could vote on a proposal to re-instate village Police Chief Steve DeVoy.

DeVoy was suspended with pay Dec. 1 after village employees found surveillance cameras in the police department lobby. He remains suspended while attorneys for the village investigate the situation.


Board member Craig McCue said the suspension has gone on long enough.


“I think it was important about a week after it started,” McCue said about the re-instatement.


McCue and board member Allen Kenyon asked to put the action item on the agenda. They intend to make a motion Monday night to re-instate the chief, McCue said.


DeVoy on Saturday told The Janesville Gazette he was surprised that the board could take action on his suspension.


“I haven’t been contacted by anyone from the village, still,” DeVoy said.


DeVoy has hired an attorney, he said.


“If they’re successful with their motion, maybe further action by my attorney won’t be necessary,” DeVoy said.


A Jan. 19 letter stated the village’s legal investigation of the cameras and an associated computer would wrap up in January. Hazelbaker & Associates law office, municipal attorneys hired by the village, anticipated giving a report on the situation to Village of Darien Administrator Marc Dennison by mid-February, the letter states.


Walworth County District Attorney Phil Koss has been reviewing reports of a sheriff’s office investigation of the situation to determine if any crimes were committed.


The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office installed the video surveillance cameras in the department lobby at DeVoy’s request, Koss said.


McCue and Kenyon are running for re-election, as is board member Phil Putman. The three are challenged by five village residents. In a Feb. 17 primary, voters will chose six candidates to go on to the general election in April.


If you go
What: Regular meeting of the Darien Village Board
When: 7 p.m. Monday
Where: Darien Village Hall, 20 N. Wisconsin St.
Details: Aside from regular village business, the board could take action on a motion to re-instate Police Chief Steve DeVoy. DeVoy has been suspended with pay since Dec. 1.

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