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City Council Approves Police Chief Appointment by 4-3 Vote

Brown defends record before council; aldermen express disappointment over how the search was conducted.

The voted 4-3 to install Ernest Brown, deputy superintendent of the Chicago Police Department’s patrol division, as Darien’s new police chief.

Before the vote, Brown addressed questions about his police record by explaining issues residents have raised over the past few days.

Aldermen Sylvia McIvor, Joe Marchese and Joerg Seifert voted against Brown’s appointment. Each voiced concerns over the process the city used to select Brown as the top candidate. 

Aldermen Halil Avci, Tina Beilke, John Poteraske and Ted Schauer voted to install Brown.

This story is developing. Check back later this evening for a full report on Monday’s city council meeting. 

Mark Kiwiet September 20, 2011 at 03:23 AM
After the vote and the council went to break - they forgot to turn the microphones off on channel 6 - Weaver made a crack about "he's always coming to the meeting drunk" .... Got to just love our mayor - always professional and classy.
Tom Koz September 20, 2011 at 03:56 AM
I am ashamed. I was able to attend the meeting. It does seem as if Mr. Brown was/is qualified for the position and appears to be a nice guy. This is the first City Council meeting I have attended. What I am ashamed about is that I did not speak up. Let me explain. I am normally a fairly vociferous individual. It appeared to me that none of the alderman was given the opportunity to interview the top 3 candidates that were suggested by the committee appointed by Mayor Weaver. What I am ashamed of is not standing before the council and asking each alderman/person how they could possibly be fulfilling their fiduciary responsibility to Darien taxpayers to hire the best possible Police Chief if all they were doing is taking the Mayor's suggestion that he was the best candidate????? I do not know Mayor Weaver and have never met her. However, it sure smelled like an appointment made for political purposes, rather than for purposes to best fulfill the needs of Darien taxpayers. Mr. Brown may have been the best candidate. However, I hereby challenge the 4 aldermen that voted in favor of his appointment to try and explain how they can possibly claim that they fulfilled their fiduciary responsibility to their constituents. I left the meeting in disgust after the vote. Did anybody stand up and announce their candidacy for Alderman??? Mayor???
Matt Goodwin September 20, 2011 at 04:08 AM
Congrats Chief Brown, I hope that you prove me and everyone else wrong. I hope what is said about you is wrong and that you will not be the figure head, political appointee of Mayor Weaver; validating what just happened tonight. To Deputy Chief Skala and Deputy Chief Cooper, I am truly sorry that neither one of you were selected. If it ends up being your decision to leave Darien, we understand the circumstances and your decision. However, it will be our loss if you should leave. The years of dedicated service that you have given to this City, through good times and bad, are admirable and commendable. As a police officer, I would be happy to serve for you wherever you decide to go. Thank you very much, and on behalf of the citizens of Darien, THANK YOU!!!
Frank Basic September 20, 2011 at 01:29 PM
It seems to me Mayor Weaver wants Darien to be like Chicago a dictatorship. I am sure this will do wonders for morale at the police department.
Peter Kaminski September 20, 2011 at 01:50 PM
The citizens of Darien need to remember who voted in FAVOR of this appointment for the next election, Ted Schauer, Tina Beilke, John Poteraske and Halil Avci.
Tom Koz September 20, 2011 at 02:04 PM
Didn't one of the alderman comment before the vote that based upon the 3 resumes she had seen, that she felt Mr. Brown was not the best qualified BUT yet she voted in FAVOR of his appointment???
Karen Karson September 20, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Wasn't it the "Newly Elected" alderman who champaigned for a new transparent government,who weren't going to be afraid to ask questions and make sure things were done correctly. Way to go Alderman Beilke and Alderman Schauer. Bielke you lost my support! The two of you have lots of explaining to do to your constituents.
Barbara Harstead September 20, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Yes, Tom she did that was one of the "newbies" She was all about how on paper one could appear to be good but an in person interview was the ultimate interview decider and then she goes an votes YES. Makes No SENSE.......she just lost all credibility by caving when they going got tough. The other comment I need to voice is Mayor Weaver I like you and voted FOR you....last night you were not on your best behavior. I was quite embarassed and shocked and your actions. You have the FINAL say...I get it...but why would you make your council look so inept of such a "big decision" We are ALL adults and need to conduct ourselves as such. I hope you realize what damage you have done to the council. Which is the closest out reach for us THE people of Darien. Shame Shame. I do wonder what Carmen would say to this? Carmen Are you there?
Lillie Hales September 21, 2011 at 02:48 AM
Congratulations to the City of Darien for selecting Ernest Brown, as your new Police Chief. Brown is the working police. He will give you 100%. The suburbs are now experiencing problems that spill over from the city. Brown is in touch with the streets and he will be able to identify and develop strategies to keep your city safe. He loves police work and his expertise will prove valuable . Ret CPD Cmdr. Hales

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