Crime & Courts

Island Lake police sergeant fired amid mayor's office investigation

An Island Lake police sergeant has been fired amid a mayor’s office investigation, interim Police Chief Dan Palmer said.

On Jan. 15, Palmer recommended that the village fire Sgt. Billy Dickerson, who officially was terminated Friday.

Island Lake Mayor Charles Amrich swore in Palmer as the village’s interim police chief in October. Former Police Chief Anthony Sciarrone was on leave at the time in connection with an investigation led by the mayor’s office.

In November, the Village Board voted, 4-2, 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.

Dickerson was among the top five highest-paid employees at the police department in 2017, earning $116,448. Sciarrone made $90,161 that same year.

Officials have remained vague about the investigation, saying they cannot comment on ongoing personnel matters. On Tuesday, Palmer attributed Dickerson’s firing to “multiple rule violations” but declined to elaborate.

Dickerson was one of two officers promoted to sergeant in December 2014. He was dismissed in 2010 and rehired in 2013, with Amrich casting the tie-breaking vote.

Attorney Eric J. Miller, who represents Dickerson and Sciarrone, previously has called the investigation a “smear job” that stemmed from “harassment complaints against the Island Lake Police Department.”

Reached by phone Tuesday, Miller said Dickerson disagrees with the interim chief’s recommendation and is speaking with attorneys and union representatives about his next step.

Dickerson has 30 days to appeal his firing, Palmer said.

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