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David Dowling

Former Schererville Police Chief David Dowling speaks at a candidate forum prior to the Democractic primary election for Lake County Sheriff.

With his bid for Lake County Sheriff dashed in May, a source says former Schererville Police Chief David Dowling has his eyes on his old job.

Town Councilmen Kevin Connelly and Mike Troxell confirmed that the Town Council will hold an executive session June 27 to discuss a personnel issue, but neither would say Dowling was the subject of the meeting.

However, a source within town government confirmed the council is meeting in executive session next week to consider allowing Dowling's return to the chief's position.

Dowling submitted a letter of resignation to the council in January, Connelly said, and was replaced on an interim basis by his deputy Dennis Zagrocki.

“I don’t know why we are having this conversation," Connelly said. "I want to move on. (Dowling) needs to move on. He served us well as chief, but he also resigned.”

Troxell said he was unaware of Dowling approaching anyone on the Town Council to lobby for his old job. He declined to say whether or not he would support Dowling returning as Chief of Police, but Troxell did offer a glowing endorsement of Dowling's time in Schererville.

"Anybody with the skill level that Dave has, I think any community would want somebody with that skill level in an administrative position like that," Troxell said. "He’s done a lot of good for our department and whatever organization he goes with will have an asset there."

As for whether or not that could be with the Schererville Police Department, Troxell said, "We have no immediate needs. We’re just looking ahead and planning (at the executive session)."

At the time of his resignation, Dowling said he was retiring after 34 years with the department to focus on his candidacy in the Democratic primary for Lake County Sheriff. Dowling finished second out of a field of eight candidates to Sheriff Oscar Martinez, who received 10,580 more votes in the May 8 primary. It was a contentious race that included accusations Dowling used a fake Facebook account to smear Martinez.

Connelly said he would be in favor of Zagrocki dropping the interim tag and serving as chief once Dowling's salary comes off the books in September. After Zagrocki's time is up, a search would begin to find a permanent replacement.

“I’m not in favor of (Dowling) returning," Connelly said. "It’s not a reflection of his performance as chief, it’s just the fact that he resigned. ... And unfortunately politics is coming into play instead of doing what is right.”

Dowling did not immediately return phone calls for comment Saturday afternoon.

Dowling, whose grandfather, Ed Dowling, was mayor of Hammond from 1956 to 1968, graduated from Hammond's Morton High School in 1981, attended Purdue University Northwest and graduated in 1985 from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Indiana.

He started as a patrol officer for the town of Schererville in 1984, became a Schererville police detective in 1989, patrol commander in 1996, deputy police chief in 2000 and police chief from 2005 to 2008. He remained in police administration the next four years and returned to the office of police chief in 2012, where he remained until his resignation.

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