A Lakewood Village Board assembly set to debate Police Chief Todd Richardson’s employment on the village was finally postponed Tuesday night after the quantity of people that confirmed up surpassed the 50-person restrict set due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tuesday night’s assembly started with Village President Phil Stephan asking the village’s legal professional, Bradford Stewart with the legislation agency of Zukowski, Rogers, Flood and McArdle, to put out the findings of the investigation.
Stephan’s transfer to have Stewart learn the investigation findings introduced a swift objection by Lakewood Trustee Amy Odom, which was seconded by Trustee Bryan Younge.
“We’ll drag him via the mud, though this was not a correct investigation,” Odom stated.
Village data present that the interior investigation had been triggered by three complaints filed towards Richardson by a village division head, an worker and a resident, all stemming from a contentious July 28 Village Board meeting.
The complaints concentrate on feedback Richardson allegedly made, together with implications that village police wouldn’t reply to an emergency name if an worker wanted help.
Though Stephan requested Stewart to proceed, Younge identified the room the place the board was assembly in Turnberry Nation Membership was over capability.
Together with these gathered within the precise assembly room, individuals have been additionally standing simply outdoors the room, so the choice was made to adjourn the assembly and maintain it one other day.
Earlier than the assembly began, about 25 individuals gathered within the parking zone outdoors Turnberry Nation Membership holding indicators in help of Richardson, saying “Vote to Take away our Chief and We Will Do the Identical to You!” and “Our village, Our Voice.”
One in all these individuals, Lakewood resident Tricia Babischkin, stated Richardson is an honorable and integrity-driven man. She stated Richardson is answerable for the respect the police division will get within the larger McHenry County space.
“The person is so good. He has completed the appropriate factor at each flip,” Babischkin stated.