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Carbondale 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 motion.

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.