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Police panel chairman resigns

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ANN MARIE AMES
November 14, 2009
— The chairman of the village of Darien’s most-watched committee has resigned.

John Evans, 516 Danielson Drive, Darien, on Friday sent a letter of resignation to village board President Evelyn Etten and other members of the police and public safety committee.


Evans also e-mailed a copy of the letter to the Gazette.


Etten in April appointed Evans to head the police committee shortly after she was elected. Former village board President Bob Metzner was the previous police committee chairman.


Evans has worked as a firefighter and EMT with Darien Fire and Rescue and has 27 years of law enforcement experience, his letter states.


It is the second police-related resignation announced in the village this week.


On Tuesday, the village reached a settlement with Police Chief Steve DeVoy, who has been suspended with pay since December. According to the agreement, DeVoy will be paid for six more months of duty—although he will not work in the village—as well as for 1,200 hours of accrued vacation, sick and holiday time. The village will pay $30,000 in severance on top of that.


A proposal to remove Evans from his position also was on Tuesday’s board agenda. It was added by board members Kurt Zipp and Cheryl Kaufenberg, Zipp said.


Village attorney Mark Hazelbaker suggested the board table the item.


Evans has been outspoken against the board’s vote in March to fire DeVoy. More than once, he said the village faced years of legal battles with DeVoy and that the village’s police department might be out of existence by January.


“The village board had no choice in accepting a settlement,” Evans’ letter states. “They could no longer hide behind mistruths, half-truths, and untruths as the police and public safety committee continued to expose their numerous administrative wrongdoings.”


At an October police committee meeting, Evans made a motion suggesting the village board step aside and let the police committee settle with DeVoy.


A similar agenda item was on the committee’s agenda for Wednesday, but DeVoy settled, and Evans canceled the meeting.


The village board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Darien Village Hall, 20 N. Wisconsin St., Darien.



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