Thursday, November 15, 2012
Orland Hills’ police union attorney says the village is trying to force officers into contract demands, while the village says property tax rebates have debilitated their budget for staff, leading to the numbers and long shifts.
Shortly after Orland Hills laid off three full-time officers and 20 part timers earlier in the year, four remaining officers are working as long as 16 hours per day, six days a week. Village officials say the reduction in force was necessary to keep their budget balanced, after property tax reassessments led to less tax money coming in and subsequent budget shortfalls. The attorney representing the police officers’ union chapter say the diminished staff and lengthy shifts are meant as leverage for ongoing contract negotiations. “They are trying to break the union, and are working these guys to death,” said Jerry Marzullo, attorney for the Orland Hills Police Chapter 603 of the Metropolitan Alliance of Police. “It’s unsafe, and some of …
Monday, October 3, 2011
Lawsuit claims political clout led to charges being tossed, and an officer was fired for reporting it to the FBI.
A former Orland Hills police officer's lawsuit against the village and police chief, with claims that a traffic arrest was tossed because of political connections, could cost a large sum if the village loses. David Kristofek says he was ordered to hand over paperwork and delete all computer data on two traffic charges against a man whose mother is a former mayor of a nearby town. The woman asked that her son not be arrested and he was released from custody without charges, according to Kristofek's lawsuit. Kristofek was fired from the department on April 21, and claims that his termination was retaliation for notifying the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the tossed charges. “There’s a question of back pay for the time he’s been off…
Monday, August 29, 2011
Officer claims he was fired after telling the FBI that his superiors threw out traffic tickets.
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Monday, August 29, 2011
A former Orland Hills police officer claims in a lawsuit that his superiors bowed to pressure from a former mayor to release her son from tickets, and was fired when he brought the claim to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sun-Times Media reports. The suit alleges that Officer David Kristofek was instructed to give all written information on two traffic charges to superiors at the Orland Hills Police Department, and to delete all computer information entered about the tickets, according to the report. Kristofek pulled over a car and wrote tickets for driving with a suspended license and driving without proof of insurance on Nov. 12, 2010. During the traffic stop, Kristofek was handed a cell phone and a woman, described as “a former …