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January 8, 2008

Plainfield council fires police commissioner

PLAINFIELD — At a special meeting last week, the Plainfield Town Council voted to dismiss Ed Daum from the Board of Police Commissioners.

Town Council President Robin Brandgard and members Kent McPhail and Bill Kirchoff voted in favor of the dismissal. New member Renea Whicker abstained from the vote, and member Edmund Gaddie voted against the dismissal.

McPhail, who is the liaison between the Plainfield Police Department and the town council, proposed to immediately terminate Daum’s position at the meeting, and Kirchoff said he supported McPhail’s motion.

“His observation over a number of months is (that) the performance of the police commissioners and the police department was being impacted and something needed to be done,” Kirchoff said. “And based on the input from him (McPhail) and the input from Robin (Brandgard), I felt like I needed to support their observations.”

Brandgard said he voted in favor of the dismissal for a number of reasons.

“Things were not working right amongst the commissioners, and things weren’t working smoothly,” he said. “And trying to set a standard for caring for people and treating people properly was not happening.”

Brandgard added that although there is no candidate in mind at the moment, there is a spot to be filled on the Board of Police Commissioners.

Daum, who has been a police commission member for almost 20 years, said he felt the situation was handled inappropriately.

“I wish I would have been given a chance to give a letter of resignation due to my health,” he said, referring to the cancer he is currently fighting.

Daum added that he believes the termination was due in part to the accusation from many that he didn’t support Plainfield Police Chief Jeff Mitny.

“That’s totally untrue,” he said. “I have been very supportive of all of the chiefs that I have served with.”

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