Local

Island Lake Village Board fires police chief amid investigation

Anthony Sciarrone
Anthony Sciarrone

The Village Board has voted to fire Island Lake Police Chief Anthony Sciarrone amid an investigation led by the mayor's office, interim Chief Dan Palmer confirmed Friday.

The board voted, 4-2, Thursday in favor of firing Sciarrone upon the mayor's recommendation, Palmer said. Officials also voted, 4-2, to fire officer Charles Mader based on Palmer's recommendation.

Island Lake Mayor Charles Amrich swore in Palmer as the village's interim police chief last month, after Sciarrone and Sgt. Billy Dickerson were placed on leave.

Palmer declined to comment on details of the mayor's investigation. The village clerk could not be reached for information Friday afternoon.

Shortly after his appointment, Palmer said tasks atop his to-do list include interviewing two additional officers in connection with the investigation. One of those officers is Mader, who Palmer said became "insubordinate with a sergeant" and refused to meet with Palmer.

"He walked out on the sergeant and said he was never going to meet with me, and in fact didn’t," Palmer said.

Mader also stopped attending meetings that he was expected to attend, Palmer said.

In the meantime, the interim chief is looking to hire four new full-time police officers.

Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. Thursday. For information, visit jobsource.copsandfiretesting.com.

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.