Saturday, June 30, 2012
Des Plaines, IL - Most Cops Cast 'No Confidence' Vote Against Acting Police Chief Mike Kozak
Des Plaines, IL - Between 90 and 95% of Des Plaines Police Department’s rank and file sworn officers cast votes of “no confidence” against Acting Police Chief Mike Kozak last week, the Journal & Topics Newspapers has learned.
A survey of the officers was taken late last week in the downtown police station. It’s believed that their lack of confidence in Kozak has to do with the possibility that he might be named the city’s new police chief. City Manager Mike Bartholomew is in the process of interviewing finalists for the job. He recently said that a new chief may be named as early as the second week in July.
Kozak yesterday (Tuesday) confirmed that he was recently informed of the no confidence vote by rank and file union president Joe Spallone. He said that it’s his understanding that the vote was an anonymous survey of officers.
“I’ve always had an open relationship with the union,” said Kozak. He added that he does not know why the offices would express so strongly their lack of confidence in his abilities. He directed any further questioning to Spallone. Numerous telephone calls made by the Journal & Topics Monday and Tuesday to Spallone were not returned.
For nearly a year, the existence of internal problems within the police department have surfaced leading to the retirements of three top department leaders: Police Chief Jim Prandini, Deputy Police Chief Rich Rozkuszka and Commander Tim Veit. In addition, a police officer was fired, allegedly for beating an individual, and another one given a four-month suspension. The city has repeatedly declined to provide details about any of these matters. An outside law firm has been hired to investigate circumstances surrounding alleged improper conduct by police officers. No reports have been issued about the law firm’s findings.
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