Reporting Bernie Tafoya
SAUK VILLAGE (CBS) – To counter the Sauk Village board’s elimination of the jobs of the police chief and the village manager, the Sauk Village mayor has re-appointed them.
Village manager Henrietta Turner makes $90,000 a year, while Police Chief Robert Fox earns $75,000.
When the Sauk Village board eliminated the village manager and police chief jobs last week, it gave the police chief responsibilities to the Sauk Village fire chief.
Sauk Village Mayor Lewis Towers said he fully expects this latest fight with the board of trustees to wind up in court.
It most certainly will wind up being brought up at a village board meeting that has been hastily called for Tuesday night.
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“To abolish the police chief position and to give those duties to someone who has no credentials in police matters … I think that’s ludicrous,” Towers said.
The mayor said two village trustees, Derrick Burgess and David Hanks, went to his office Monday morning and were “very rude and very loud.” Towers said eventually the trustees left and went to the police chief’s office and were “threatening” Fox.
Towers said he expects village trustees to do what they did earlier this year, and try to lock Fox out of his office. A judge overturned that move.
Attempts have been made to talk to village trustees about the dispute.
The mayor said the Sauk Village police department has 22 officers, 5 sergeants, 7 dispatchers and 1 secretary. He said the secretary almost makes as much money as the police chief.