By Graham Sturgeon, staff writer

The Byron Village Council said goodbye to outgoing Police Chief Tim Sampey during their Aug. 10 meeting, and the council also voted to approve a resolution to “lay off” their current police force after a new chief is hired. The news of Sampey’s retirement had been known for weeks, but his departure still brought emotions out of some members of the council.

The resolution, however, brought out emotions of a different kind from many of the members of the council and the police department. The motion to approve the resolution as presented was discussed at length, with two separate motions made to first table the vote on the resolution, and then to remove the language that eliminated the existing officers. Both subsequent motions were defeated by a 4-3 margin, which left the council to make a final decision on the resolution, which passed by a 5-2 margin. President Kit Brunell chastised Trustees Hugh Miller and Tony Prestonise for having the resolution drawn up without the council’s knowledge.

“I have a problem with you not discussing this with the council before going to the attorney to have this resolution drawn up,” Brunell said. “I don’t think this is fair. When you are talking about guys who have worked for the village for 20 years being out of a job, I think that this should have been discussed at an open meeting before you had this drawn up.”

The council also discussed the possibility of an interim chief, but no decision was made during the meeting. The council did, however, decide to “advertise” the position externally on the MCOLES law enforcement job posting site until Aug. 31, as well as on the village’s website.

Byron Approves Police Resolution was last modified: August 17th, 2015 by Karen Elford