CEDAR LAKE | On the heels of the forced resignation of Cedar Lake Police Chief Randall Mayersky on Tuesday, the chairman of the police commission also has resigned.
The resignation of Greg Rambo, an eight-year commission member and deputy police chief in Steger, comes less than two months after the resignation of Commissioner Charles Kouder.
Police Commission members were not informed that Mayersky had been asked to resign, Rambo said. Rambo gave no reason for his decision in his resignation letter submitted Wednesday, but wished “the best future of the town, the Police Commission and Town Council.”
Rambo said the commission has tried to keep “the changing winds of politics out of the police department.”
He said another commissioner of the five-person board is considering resigning, which would reduce it to two members. A three-member quorum is necessary to conduct commission business, Town Council President Randell Niemeyer said.
Niemeyer said Mayersky was not meeting goals set by the council when he was appointed chief in November, replacing former Chief Roger Patz.
“The goals we have are purely public interest goals, not an attempt to micromanage any department,” Niemeyer said. “We have some pretty simple goals about getting better coverage with our officers, more per shift, and some crime fighting strategies.”
Niemeyer said the council has not ruled out hiring a new chief from outside the department. There are currently has 19 officers, including Jerry Smith, who has been named interim police chief.
Niemeyer said he was hoping to find some middle ground and compromise with the Police Commission, which would conduct the search for the new chief.
Niemeyer said he feels good about the caliber and hard work of the police officers.
“We ran into an administrative snag here,” Niemeyer said. “I think these things can be ironed out. We’ll get good results over time.”
Former Police Commissioner Chuck Kouder, who resigned less than two months ago, said he is "frustrated and sad at this situation. It is a sad day for Cedar Lake.
"It is unfortunate for our community to be embarrassed by these actions that have been taken.”
Kouder said the Town Council, which he said has been publicly criticized for micro-managing the police department, was told in January that the issues they wanted to deal with would not be a quick fix.
He said he does not believe Mayersky was given a reasonable time to meet those expectations.