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Police chief's future remains in question

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ANN MARIE AMES
February 26, 2009
— Still no word on when—or if—the village of Darien police chief will get back to work.

But the village board Wednesday night instructed a village attorney to open a dialogue on the matter.


After a 90-minute closed session Wednesday night, the board in open session unanimously voted to do two things:


-- Instruct Hazelbacker & Associates law firm to call Police Chief Steve DeVoy's attorney as well as Darien police officer Chet Wilson or Wilson's attorney. The village attorney is to talk to both parties about "a possible resolution to their employment with the village of Darien."


-- Hold another closed session at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Darien Public Library, 47 Park St., Darien.


The purpose of Wednesday's closed session was for the board to learn the results of Hazelbacker & Associates' investigation into two surveillance cameras found by village employees Dec. 1.


Shortly after the cameras were found, DeVoy was suspended with pay.


DeVoy told The Janesville Gazette by telephone Wednesday night that he wants to get back to work.


While he'd hoped the board would vote to bring him back to work, a planned call to his attorney is "a step in the right direction," DeVoy said.


"If that's what it takes, I'm sure my attorney will be glad to hear from them and talk to them," DeVoy said.


DeVoy and his attorney have said the chief is poised to sue the village if he doesn't get back to work.


DeVoy did not know why the board made officer Wilson part of the discussion Wednesday night, and the board wasn't talking.


"I can't give you any comments except what you heard here (in open session)," village board President Bob Metzner said.


The Gazette was unable to reach Wilson for comment.


Board members Craig McCue, Allen Kenyon, Kurt Zipp and Phil Putman told the Gazette that Wilson is a full-time officer and has worked for the village for six years.


Wilson was one of three officers who last spring interviewed for a promotion to sergeant. An ad hoc committee of five Walworth County law enforcement agents and Zipp interviewed the officers.


DeVoy recommended the board promote Wilson, but the board voted in June to promote Mike Maltese instead.


Maltese has been the acting chief since DeVoy's suspension.



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