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Darien police hearing pushed to August

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ANN MARIE AMES
July 16, 2009
— A long-anticipated hearing for Darien of Darien Police Chief Steve DeVoy has been pushed back one month.

The hearing scheduled for Monday has been continued until Aug. 24, village attorney David Danz said.


The hearing is intended to make official the village board’s March 7 vote to fire DeVoy.


Village board President Evelyn Etten and board member Debi Olmstead called for a closed-session meeting Wednesday night. The meeting was posted Wednesday morning.


Etten and Danz said the circumstances allowed for the village to bypass the 24-hour notice required by the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law. But at least one person complained, and the meeting was rescheduled for tonight at 7 at the Darien Public Library, 47 Park St., Darien.


Etten said the agenda will include:


-- A personnel matter.


-- A report from attorney William Stanley about interviews with village officers.


-- A report from Stanley about negotiations with DeVoy.


-- The appointment of an investigator to follow up on allegations against Sgt. Mike Maltese, the acting head of the department.


Etten is concerned that village Administrator Marc Dennison has been directing negotiations between village attorneys and DeVoy’s attorneys without the knowledge of the full board.


Etten this week filed a complaint with the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office alleging violations of the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law. The matter is under investigation, Capt. Dana Nigbor said.


Dennison told the Gazette he was not directing negotiations but did call four out of the seven board members to ask if they were willing to negotiate.


The chief hasn’t worked in the village since December when an employee found surveillance cameras in the police department.


While investigating the cameras, attorneys found information suggesting DeVoy violated village computer policy and had an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate.



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