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Darien board to meet Dennison

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ANN MARIE AMES
July 17, 2009
— After a two-hour closed session debate in a stuffy conference room, the Darien Village Board on Thursday night made one vote in open session.

The board voted unanimously to meet with Administrator Marc Dennison to talk about his employment status.


A date has not been set, President Evelyn Etten said.


Dennison usually is present during closed-session meetings, but he wasnít Thursday night. He is out of the office this week at Wisconsin municipal clerk training.


Other than talking about Dennisonís employment status, the board had three other items on the agenda:


-- A report from attorney William Stanley, who recently has interviewed village police officers.


What happened: Stanley gave a report via telephone, Etten said. The interviews were part of the villageís investigation of fired Police Chief Steve DeVoy, she said.


-- A report from Stanley about negotiations between the village and DeVoy.


What happened: The village board could be interested in settling with DeVoy to avoid the cost of a hearing, Etten said. The hearing had been scheduled for Monday but has been rescheduled for Aug. 24.


Negotiations will continue, Etten said.


The board March 7 fired DeVoy, although the hearing was scheduled to make the action official.


DeVoy still is being paid.


-- Consideration of a process to investigate allegations against Sgt. Mike Maltese and the possible appointment of a special investigator in the matter.


What happened: The board is going to wait on this one, Etten said. Maltese has been the acting chief of the police department since Dec. 1, when a village employee found a surveillance camera in a potted plant in the department.


DeVoy was suspended while the village investigated the cameras. The investigation resulted in charges that DeVoy violated village computer policy and had a relationship with a subordinate, among other things.


The day the cameras were found happened to be Dennisonís first day on the job.



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