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Campton Hills police chief selection changes vetoed

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 6:55 a.m. CST

CAMPTON HILLS – For the first time in her six years as village president of Campton Hills, Patsy Smith has vetoed an ordinance. The veto affected changes that were approved last month pertaining to the appointment of the village’s police chief.

In a memorandum issued earlier this month, Smith said she was required to issue the veto because of state law restrictions and based on legal counsel’s advice.

According to meeting documents, the Village Board last month decided to give its members more say in who is appointed police chief. The village memorandum states that the Village Board’s role is limited to advising and consenting when it comes to such appointments.

The amended ordinance adds language that requires the president to share copies of all applications filed about each person applying for the police chief position.

Smith said in her memorandum that in the last appointment of a police chief, which was in 2009, the Village Board was given the opportunity to review all applicants.

“There was a lengthy discussion at the last regular meeting regarding case law and the ability of the village president to appoint whomever he or she desires,” the memorandum states.

Smith said in her memorandum that the amended ordinance is “not clearly enforceable by law” and therefore she decided to veto the additions.

No further action was taken with the veto, but the Village Board may review the ordinance at its next meeting.

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