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Linane hired as interim chief in Sleepy Hollow

ELBURN – Former Elburn Police Chief James Linane recently was hired as the interim police chief of Sleepy Hollow.

Linane, who was chief in Elburn from 2001 until he was fired in 2009, sued the village for nearly $150,000 in severance and accrued holiday and sick pay. The lawsuit was dismissed Friday, but Linane can refile.

Linane, 61, did not return a voicemail message seeking comment.

Sleepy Hollow Village President Steven Pickett said he chose Linane based on a review of his resume, references, interviews and discussions with him.

Pickett said he had no issue with Linane’s lawsuit.

“He informed me of it up front,” Pickett said. “It was no detriment at all.”

Linane was hired after the retirement of the village’s long-term chief, James Montalbano, who worked at the police department for 38 years, 23 of them as chief, Pickett said.

The village is looking to replace the position of police chief, Pickett said. As to whether Linane would be considered, Pickett said the interim chief has not applied for it.

The timeframe for hiring a chief probably would wait until after the spring elections, in which four trustees and the village president’s seats are up. Pickett said any chief who would seek the position, get hired in November or December, could face being fired when a new board takes office in May.

“You don’t want to be appointed by one administration and be removed by the next one,” Pickett said.

Linane was terminated in April 2009 after Dave Anderson was elected as village president. Anderson had said at the time he did not reappoint Linane as chief because of “philosophical differences.”

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