Former Alderman Rick Biehl requested an apology late last week over comments Mayor Kathleen Weaver made during the Sept. 19 city council meeting.
Mayor Kathleen Weaver
Monday, October 3, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Weaver acknowledged economic challenges, focused on opportunities.
The economy remains a challenge, but Darien is holding its own, Mayor Kathleen Weaver said Tuesday during her annual State of the City speech at Ashton Place in Willowbrook. Weaver used much of her talk to address business development in Darien, including the still-lagging downtown redevelopment project, while affirming her faith in the city’s resilience. The city has worked to bring in new tenants to vacant storefronts, as well as to attract businesses to develop the plots of land purchased between 2006 and 2008 around Cass Avenue and 75th Street. “We’re trying,” she said. “We’re doing our due diligence here in this tough economy. We’d all hoped we’d come back a lot sooner, and I think we’re all frustrated with the progress.” The city …
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Three vote against appointing Ernest Brown as Darien's next police chief after they said they were denied input in the process.
Three aldermen denounced the process the city used to select Ernest Brown as Darien’s next police chief during Monday's city council meeting. At the outset of the search in June, Alderman Joerg Seifert said the aldermen were told that they would have the opportunity to interview the city’s top three candidates. But that didn’t happen. “It was basically placed on our laps that this would be the chief of police,” he said. The alderman had the opportunity to interview only Brown, Seifert said. Brown is currently deputy superintendent of the Chicago Police Department’s patrol division. Aldermen Sylvia McIvor and Joe Marchese joined Seifert in voting against Brown’s appointment because of the way the city conducted the search. More than 140 …
Monday, September 19, 2011
Questions revolve around two incidents during Ernest Brown's service with the Chicago Police Department.
Updated: 12:28 p.m. Darien residents are questioning the city's vetting process in selecting its police chief nominee after Mayor Kathleen Weaver announced early Friday that Chicago police veteran Ernest Brown was her pick for the job. Brown, the deputy superintendent of the Chicago Police Department's patrol division, was selected from roughly 140 candidates to head the Darien Police Department. The Darien City Council is set to vote Monday night on whether to confirm his appointment. “If anyone does just a little bit of research on Mr. Ernest T. Brown, you will find that there are some red flags,” wrote Josh Tibbs in a comment on Darien Patch. “I am disappointed that when you search his name on the Internet, there is so much baggage …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
City reviewed roughly 140 applications during the months-long search process.
Mayor Kathleen Weaver said Tuesday that she likely would announce her pick for Darien’s police chief by the Sept. 19 City Council meeting. The city, with the aid of a citizen committee, reviewed applications during the summer from roughly 140 candidates for the job, which has been vacant since Robert Pavelchik retired at the end of May. “The committee was involved in assessing all of the applications and recommending some candidates to be interviewed,” Weaver said. The committee is no longer involved in the selection process, she said. After Weaver presents her recommendation, the Darien City Council will vote on whether to approve the appointment. The city will eliminate one of the two deputy chief positions at the end of the process. “(…
Thursday, July 21, 2011
City has received roughly 140 resumes.
The city of Darien has received about 140 applications for the position of police chief, Mayor Kathleen Weaver said. Of those 140 candidates, the city has begun to review resumes from about 100 candidates who live in Illinois, Weaver said. City staff developed criteria by which members of the citizens’ search committee will rate each resume, she said. The committee began meeting earlier this month. Weaver selected five Darien residents to serve on the committee: Several aldermen, as well as Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Beverly Meyer, recommended three of the committee members, Weaver said. “We wanted individuals in management currently or recently retired from management positions,” she said. “It was important that they also had …