Fox Lake Moves Forward After One Year Passing of Joe Gliniewicz

CHICAGO (CBS) – September 1st marks the one year anniversary of Fox Lake Police Office Joe Gliniewicz death.

A year ago, police were on the hunt to find three police murderers, after finding Fox Lake Police officer Joe Gliniewicz dead. A few months later, the truth came out revealing Gliniewicz killed himself.

Anne Marrin, Fox Lake Village Administrator was the beginning of the end for Gliniewicz, CBS 2’s Marissa Bailey reports.

“For two months I sat there being the bad guy,” Marrin said. “And that was a very volatile time in village.”

The two months were the time from Sept. 1, 2015 when the call came in that the long-time officer was murder to the November press conference when the truth came out.

“I had complete faith that the truth would come out,” Marrin said. “And when the time was right everybody would know what happened.”

In the year since, Marrin has audited every department with Fox Lake, including the police department. The Village of Fox Lake has come a long way in a year by adding a new police chief, new polices, and a new employee handbook.

“We have instituted a brand new employee manual,” Marrin said. “Our old one was probably 40 pages this one is 168. We have incorporated every new law and policy that you possibly can.”

Marrin describes the last year for her has been surreal, hectic, and demanding.

Gliniewicz was in charge of the ‘Young Explorer’s’ program for the village. After his death, village officials found stockpiles of tactical equipment ordered by Gliniewicz for the program, paid for using taxpayer dollars.

Marrin said the equipment is being put to good use, but the program has been cancelled.

“Basically our focus has been getting our police department back in order,” Marrin said.

Gliniewicz pension has been put on hold. Melodie Gliniewicz filed to receive his pension benefits. The village stepped in and asked the state pension board to hold off on proceedings until the criminal case against Melodie Gliniewicz is completed.

The motion was granted last week.

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