CEDAR LAKE | Effective Friday, former Cedar Lake Police Chief Chuck Kouder Sr. is resigning from the town’s Police Commission.
Kouder, who served as police chief from 1994 to 2002, said, “The Town Council is out of control regarding the Police Department, and I can’t be a part of it anymore.”
Kouder submitted his official letter of resignation this week for presentation at the Sept. 4 council meeting.
“I do this with a heavy heart because I still love the community and the Police Department,” Kouder said.
Kouder said his suggestions for the council to take a stand against emergency dispatch consolidation, an issue he opposes as detrimental to public safety, and his ideas for fighting drug trafficking in town have fallen on deaf ears.
Kouder also said the council is trying to micromanage the Police Department while not understanding how it works.
“It’s a sad situation that the department has been put into now," Kouder said.
Kouder said the council’s rejection of any solutions or suggestions he had offered made him feel ineffective.
Town Council President Randell Niemeyer confirmed he has received Kouder’s letter.
"It would be more prudent to reserve comment until the board decides on its action," Niemeyer said.
Councilman Greg Parker was not aware of the letter, and Councilwoman Patsy Casassa did not comment when reached.
Councilman Ralph Miller said he had "no comment at this time."
Since 2008, Kouder has served as one of five police commissioners. Kouder began his second term Jan. 1 hoping to help with new Police Chief Randall Mayersky's transition.
Mayersky said it was good having Kouder, who was a Cedar Lake police officer from 1972 until he retired in 2004, on the commission.
“He knows what we do on a day-to-day basis; he actually has done it,” Mayersky said.
Mayersky said Kouder has gone above and beyond his duties as a commissioner in helping the department.