chief resigns; officer fired
From staff reports
CARBONDALE—After a series of executive sessions Monday night,
Carbondale City Council fired a part-time police officer and accepted
the resignation of the police chief, both who had worked for the
city for a little over a year.
Carbondale Police Chief Jon Reed presented his resignation after
the council met in executive session and announced to the public
that officer Dan Trechter’s employment had been terminated.
As Carbondale City Council Member George Reed made a motion to terminate
Trechter, Jon Reed interrupted, saying he had received an e-mail
from Trechter announcing his resignation. The council continued
its action with Carbondale City Council Member Daryl Makowski seconding
George Reed’s motion. The council unanimously approved the
After that action, Jon Reed announced his resignation, but said
he was not resigning because of the council’s action to terminate
Trechter. In letters submitted to Carbondale Mayor Ruth Towne and
to the council, Reed said he was resigning because he had taken
a position with a private company.
Following another executive session, in which the council included
Jon Reed and police officer Marty Kane, the council voted to appoint
Kane as acting police chief until a replacement can be found. The
council approved a pay rate of $17 an hour for Kane, who previously
was paid $12.75 as an officer.
In his letter to the mayor, Reed said he would remain on duty until
a replacement could be found or until May 6. The council set April
29 as Reed’s last day on duty.
In recent months, the Carbondale Police Department had been the
target of citizen complaints, but Jon Reed said in one of his letters
that most of those concerns were without merit.
Reed began part-time employment with Carbondale in February 2010,
and was appointed as full-time police chief in March 2010. His salary
was set at $42,520 annually.
Trechter was hired as a part-time officer in February 2010.