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Darien board shifts police management

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ANN MARIE AMES
October 20, 2009
— The Darien Village Board on Monday night unanimously voted to put Administrator Marc Dennison in charge of some police administrative duties.

Board members failed to agree on a motion to seek a settlement with suspended Chief Steve DeVoy.


Dennison and Sgt. Mike Maltese have been working together to schedule officers. But that is getting more difficult as the number of officers shrinks, said Maltese, who is acting chief.


Because Maltese is a union member, he cannot override union rules when it comes to scheduling, he said. That has created some situations where the number of officers working doesn't correspond with possible demands during a shift, police committee Chairman John Evans said.


As a manager, Dennison will be able to make those changes, Evans said. The police committee last week suggested the change.


The board did not agree on the committee's other suggestion Monday, voting 3-2 against giving the committee the authority to settle with DeVoy.


DeVoy has been suspended with pay since December.


Evans suggested the committee meet in closed session with DeVoy and without attorneys. If the committee settles with DeVoy, the village could avoid a pending hearing that could either uphold or turn down a previous decision to fire the chief, Evans said.


Board members Evelyn Etten and Debi Olmstead voted in favor of the suggestion. Members Kurt Zipp, Bob Wenzel and Cheryl Kaufenberg voted against it.


Board member Jim Abbott abstained, and member Craig McCue was absent.



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