Cedar Lake FOP blasts council for chief's ouster

2012-10-18T18:00:00Z 2012-10-18T23:14:17Z Cedar Lake FOP blasts council for chief's ousterDiane Poulton Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 18, 2012 6:00 pm  • 

CEDAR LAKE | Cedar Lake Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 173 is sending a letter to town officials objecting to the forced resignation of former Police Chief Randall Mayersky.

“From our understanding, as of June, Mayersky was told he was doing a fine job, and that the department was moving in a positive direction,” the letter states.

The letter asks for an explanation of the “new direction” town officials want for the department and asks why an attorney was hired to give the chief his “option of resignation or removal.”

It also questions the point of a police commission which was not involved in the decision and why the Town Council refused to read  Mayersky’s resignation letter.

The letter states that prior to Mayersky’s appointment, “morale was at an all-time low” with many officers looking to change departments.

“Last year, the town hired an outside agency to investigate several issues within the department,” the FOP letter states. “Shortly after that investigation, the decision to remove the previous chief was made.”

The FOP said that under Mayersky morale was at an all-time high.

“In the short time Chief Mayersky has been in office, we have had more cohesion, inter-departmental cooperation and a complete turnaround in morale,” it states.

“Officers now come to work without fear of reprisals or retaliation. We have made the transition from a dismal working environment, putting Band Aids on and or avoiding the problem, to the well-oiled machine.”

The letter concludes, “We cannot, in good faith support a town government that would make such a grievous error.

"This decision impacts the safety and well-being of the town. You have shown a complete lack of faith in the officers you have chosen to protect and serve this community. We see this as political bureaucracy, and nothing more."

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