Misconduct Complaint Dismissed Against Kronenwetter Police Chief

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

Kronenwetter Police Chief Dan Joling is cleared of a charge of misconduct brought by a village board member after hours of testimony during a hearing Monday.

The Police and Fire Commission made a motion to dismiss the complaint by Village Trustee Justeen Mallo-Vollrath.

After many hours of witness testimony it became clear there was friction between Chief Joling and Mallo-Vollrath. However, the commission came to the conclusion he did not violate any rule of conduct.

The commission had already made the decision earlier this month, but Mallo-Vollrath had the right to Monday's hearing.

The complaint comes from an August 27th incident in which she claims the chief approached her in an intimidating and harassing way after a board meeting. Mallo-Vollrath says he demanded to speak to her, and got in her face, and then yelled at her.

Joling told an investigator he asked to speak to her, but not in a threatening manner and that she got in his face.

Kronenwetter Lieutenant Terry McHugh was a witness in the hearing. He testified that he believes Mallo-Vollrath would like to see the chief disciplined or fired.

Former Village Administrator, Blaine Oborn testified that he believed she had a strong dislike for the chief, which became clear after conversations with her. He also testified that he'd never seen someone scrutinize village departments as much as she has.

Joling's attorney, Greg Stacker says, "We felt all along that the chief should be exonerated, we didn't feel that the charges were warranted and I would like to thank the PFC and everybody involved in this process to have both the chief and complainant in this case to have their full day in court."

Apparently Joling wanted to speak with Mallo-Vollrath after the meeting because she had brought up her daughter being cited for being in the park after hours. She claimed it was only 15 minutes after close, but the chief says it was an hour and 45 minutes. He felt she was questioning the integrity of his officers.

"This complaint has nothing to do with the behavior of my children, this complaint has everything to do with the behavior of Mr. Joling immediately following the board meeting on 8-27-12," Mallo-Vollrath said.

The Police and Fire Commission came to the conclusion to dismiss the charge after 26 minutes of deliberation.

Both Chief Joling and Mallo-Vollrath declined comment after the hearing.

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