HUNTLEY – A former Huntley fire chief who resigned last year was the subject of an internal investigation for unauthorized moonlighting as a local police officer and for spending tens of thousands of dollars in public funds on items of questionable use to the department, according to records obtained by the Northwest Herald.
Ken Caudle, who was chief of the Huntley Fire Protection District from November 2012 until August, bought a long list of items, including a drone, a $7,000 robot and an estimated $14,000 engraver. But the district said it does not know the exact cost of 54 flagged items he bought over a period of years.
Some items seem to apply to more police-oriented work than others, such as an armor bearing duty vest, “ballistics,” handcuff restraints, tactical jackets and belts and a taser recertification course.
Part I: Former Huntley fire chief found working for local police department while on the clock at the fire district
Part II: Beyond his secondary employment as a part-time police officer, former Huntley Fire Chief Ken Caudle also spent time working as an extra for “Chicago Med” and “Chicago Fire,” TV shows he began acting in at the end of 2013.
Part III: Two former Huntley Fire Protection District members questioned former Fire Chief Ken Caudle’s spending on rehabbing surplus equipment the department received through the federal Law Enforcement Support Office program.
Part IV: The following document is a transcript of an interrogation interview with the district's attorney Stephen DiNolfo and former Fire Chief Ken Caudle on Sept. 6, 2017.