CALUMET CITY | The City Council approved a resolution Thursday praising the career of Dante Zorzi, who worked his way up through the ranks to assistant chief during 29 years in the Police Department.
Zorzi retired from the department in July. That led aldermen to decide to mark his record as a Calumet City cop.
“Throughout said years, Capt. Dante Zorzi diligently and conscientiously pursued his duties in the best interest of the city,” the resolution reads. Aldermen also voted 7-0 on Thursday for the buy-back measure that provides for Zorzi’s retirement benefits.
Aldermen voted for the resolution praising Zorzi. Following the City Council meeting, Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush offered her own praise.
“He was our assistant chief, and I’m happy for him that he’s able to retire like he wants to,” Qualkinbush said.
“But he was a valuable asset to Calumet City and a part of me wishes we could talk him into coming back to continue serving in the community,” she said.
Aldermen also gave their support to measures concerning the Police Department staffing to ensure that the vacancy caused by Zorzi’s retirement is filled promptly.
The council gave the city’s police and fire commission permission to immediately hire one person for the police department – keeping the department’s total staffing level at 84 people.
The police and fire commission also was given the authority by aldermen to hire two additional police candidates for over-hire positions.
The police and fire commission also will promote one existing person on the police department to Captain, one to Lieutenant and one to Sergeant – which is meant to keep current supervisory staffing at their same levels.
In other business, the City Council voted without opposition for the approval of a contract between the city and the Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council Telecommunicators and Supervisors.
The contract is retroactive to May 1, 2012 and runs through April 30.
The City Council also gave its support to a measure approving the purchase of 12 new vehicles for the Police Department. Those will include six marked Ford Interceptor SUVs, three marked Ford Interceptor Sedans and three unmarked Ford Explorer SUVs.
The vehicles will cost Calumet City government $355,000.