Darien police chief returns from leave
DARIEN--Darien Police Chief Hunter Gilmore returned Monday from a week of paid leave he took so the village board could clarify the “lines of authority” between the chief and village administration.
The village released the information in a news release Monday, five days after a closed session meeting where the board “put in place clear directives and expectations concerning authority and responsibility for the administration and the chief.”
Gilmore had “voluntarily agreed to temporarily step away from his duties” so the village could work through some of the issues between the chief and the administration, according to the release.
Village Administrator Diana Dykstra said Gilmore was away from the job from Oct. 5 until Monday.
“The village board believes much of the conflict which existed resulted from a lack of clear direction and lines of authority as between the administration and the chief,” the news release reads. “Without that clear direction, conflicts between individuals with strongly held beliefs about what is in the best interests of the village become inevitable.”
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