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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

PO-PO, Patrick Doolin on mayoral role in PD [FP]

Last Thursday, I sent Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone an email asking him what role he saw the mayor having in supervising the police department.

(Forest Park has a commissioner form of government so the mayor is the commissioner for the police department as well as having the responsibility of being the mayor. This is different from other Proviso villages which mostly have village manager systems of government.)

Here's the original email:
Dear Mayor Calderone,

It seems like many of the questions and issues surrounding you and the Forest Park Police Dept revolve around the question, what is the mayor's role in the police department in the commissioner form of gov't?

Different people will have different answers to this question. Since I started writing this email it occurs to me I should ask Patrick Doolin the question too.

What do you think the mayor's proper role is in police matters in Forest Park?

Thank you for your time,


On Monday, Commissioner Patrick Doolin responded to my question. Doolin announced he will run for mayor next year.

The following is my position on the question you have posed to me in regard to the Mayor's role in police matters. I have responded on the assumption that you were not attempting to determine my knowledge of the authority granted by state statute as it is written for all to see. The Mayor's role under the commission form of government is clearly, though broadly outlined. I have responded based on how I would apply that authority as Mayor.

The Mayor is responsible for creating the mission of the department and setting polices by which the department, and its employees, shall operate. The chief of police is responsible for implementing that policy under the supervision of the Mayor. Though the Mayor is, by statute, the superintendent of the department, the Mayor is not a professional police administrator and should not approach the supervisory authority granted by statue as if they were. The first essential step in operating a successful municipal police department is hiring a competent police chief.

The Mayor and police chief must then have an initial meeting of the minds in which mission and policy are created, stated and implemented. The Mayor must assume the role of layperson in this relationship acting in the capacity of conduit in which the needs, wants and expectations of the Mayor, and more importantly the community, are clearly relayed to the police chief. The police chief, as a law enforcement professional, must in turn work with the Mayor to determine whether those expectations are reasonable and applicable based on the services provided by, and resources available to, the department. This is where the foundation of policy is born.

A municipal police department is a 24/7 operation in which many services, tasks and actions are performed. So much of what a police operation does carries significant liability for the village and its taxpayers. Ultimately, the Mayor is responsible for each and every action taken on behalf of the village by each and every one of its employees. The Mayor must be cognizant of the fact that the decisions and actions taken by these employees, especially police personnel, do affect taxpayers and will require, at times, intervention by the Mayor. This is an undeniable requirement of the office.

The Mayor cannot be involved in nor be expected to know the day to day operations of the police department. That said, the Mayor must have the ability to know when things are going right and when things are going wrong. This is, simply stated, easy to assess if the Mayor has established solid policy thereby establishing consistent performance expectations within the department. The Mayor, by establishing solid mission and policy and appointing a competent police chief, should be able to rely on that chief to implement policy and run the day to day operations of the department. If the Mayor is required to or feels the need to make too many decisions within the department, he is either micro-managing the department or has chosen the wrong police chief. All major decisions made by the police chief must, however, be reviewed by the Mayor. This check and balance by the Mayor is required so that repeat examples of poor judgment and performance are recognized. In this case, a Mayor exercising statutory authority and intervening would be appropriate.

A current example of a Mayors failure to do just that is the situation we currently face with Sgt. Harder and Lt. Johnsen. The Mayor has taken the position that he, as superintendent of the police department, has no idea what is happening with the Harder hearing, he and the chief only speak once or twice a month and he has does not interfere with the decisions his police chief makes. The testimony that has resulted from the Harder hearing clearly suggests that consistent application of established departmental policy has not taken place and expenses in excess of $200,000.00 have now been incurred in an effort to enforce the policy on this one individual. The Mayor should have intervened once this became apparent. As a matter of fact, I believe it was incumbent upon him, based on his statutory responsibilities as Mayor, to do just that.

In the case of Lt. Johnsen, the Mayor first exercises his statutory authority to intervene. He then does an about face and claims to not be persuasive enough to convince the chief to "stomach" his decision after his decision has already been made and implemented. He is now allowing the chief to embark on yet another taxpayer funded mistake that he, the Mayor, obviously did not believe to be the appropriate course of action since he put Lt. Johnsen back to work after three months on paid administrative leave. This is where Truman's "The buck stops here" principle of "no one can decide for you, you must decide" becomes applicable to The Mayor.

All services provided and action taken by departmental employees should be based on well established policy known to them. Policy, within a quasi-military organization such as a municipal police department, is what establishes and controls employee patterns of behavior. In an organization the size of our police department, discipline and command integrity are of the utmost importance. The policies set by the Mayor and implemented by the police chief must consistently flow down through the organization in order for its employees to know what is expected of them. Without this foundation being set by the Mayor, employees will set their own standards of behavior and codes of conduct and this is where problems will, and have, occurred.

Forest Park has policies in place that require the use of seat belts by police officers on patrol, prohibit smoking in patrol cars, and, of course, the use of excessive force and abuse of those in police custody. When established policies are not enforced, a breakdown in behavior, code of conduct and command integrity becomes inevitable. In example; several police officers see another officer slap a hand-cuffed prisoner. The incident is reported and nothing is done about it. The police officers then begin to determine their own code of conduct rather than follow established policy because if serious offenses such as prisoner abuse are not enforced, then certainly not wearing a seat belt and smoking in a squad car, perceived as less serious policy violations, are to be disregarded as well. This is where a Mayor must then step in as a leader and exercise his statutory authority as supervisor of the operation.

In tying this all together and understanding the importance of a solid policy, one must know that most of the time it is 1st line supervisors (patrol lieutenants and sergeants) and not administrators running the daily operations of the Forest Park police department. The Mayor is not a full-time employee and the position of both Mayor and police chief, though theoretically on call 24/7, does not, in practice, exist before 8 a.m. or after 5 p.m. weekdays and not at all on weekends. You cannot have those employed by the police department acting in the capacity of free-lancer, otherwise, arbitrary and capricious decisions are made outside of established policy and therefore, discriminatory. It is the Mayors most important role in police matters to ensure that solid policy is established and implemented so this does not happen.

29 Comments:

  • Yea, he wants his afro hookers for free instead of paying for them.

    By Anonymous Bla Bla Bla, at 12:39 AM, August 24, 2006  

  • bla bla bla,

    Is "he" Doolin? What has your post got to do with the discussion at hand?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 10:45 AM, August 24, 2006  

  • Let me interpret bla bla speak for everyone:
    Our man Calderone is like a deer in the headlights. He is still scratching his head trying to figure out what Doolin is saying. Our man Calderone is so confused and so incapable of applying basic management principles to his responsibilities as Mayor, we must throw out some cover fire on his behalf. If we talk about hookers and things that have nothing to do with the issues at hand, we can buy our man Calderone some time so he can make up a position on the question posed to him. Alright guy's, here we go: "Yea, he wants his afro hookers for free instead of paying for them". What a pitiful bunch these Calderonites are.

    By Anonymous More of the Same, at 12:31 PM, August 24, 2006  

  • Mr. Doolin how can you pontificate on the mayor's responsibility overseeing the Police,when you have not addressed the facts about the $100,000 dollars found in your girlfirends and Harders girlfriends house,Frawley!
    Doolin stop alleging others are corrupt and mean spirited when it is you,my friend, who has destroyed any semblance of civility in our village! Your constant critisism and whining, are pathetic, and yet, when confronted with the truth,you hide and lash out at others! The Village officials and Police Chief should sue you for slander, but that would only give you a bigger stage to act offended, and paranoid and you would yell,"poor me,poor me, I am telling all the world that the earth is truely flat", but yet Calderone says it is round", "Calderone is evil and just plain wrong"!
    Doolin, stop bismirching our officials and village, and pony up to the fact that you have nothing to offer but"lies,deciet and slander" and I can't wait to hear what story you will make up about Frawley,Harder and Johnson and the money,"I swear I don't know them", "Must be some logical explanation why my girl and my buddies had $100 K in the house", or" My association with Maywood and the gang leaders, " Who are they and where's Maywood"!
    Doolin your time is up, everyone's on to you and all forest park is offended by the comments you make!
    Grow up and act your age, and start telling us, why are you protecting harder,Frawley, and Johnson? Explain the cash,$100,000?

    By Anonymous Doolin is a Foolin, at 1:25 PM, August 24, 2006  

  • ATTENTION:ATTENTION:ATTENTION:

    FOREST PARK RESIDENTS
    SPECIAL MEETING TO BE HELD
    SITE:DOC RYANS
    DATE:TOMORROW AT 4:00PM
    TOPIC:WHAT THE RESIDENTS CAN DO
    TO STOP DOOLIN,HARDER,JOHNSON AND FRAWLEY FROM BRINGING ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES INTO OUR BELOVED TOWN!

    WE THE RESIDENTS OF FOREST PARK URGE THE MAYOR AND THE POLICE CHIEF,PLUS THE STATE'S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE AND THE FBI TO INVESTIGATE WHY A FOREST PARK POLICE OFFICER,WHO IS ON LEAVE, HAD $100,000 CASH IN HER HOME(FRAWLEY) AND WHY HER BOYFRIEND HARDER AND HIS GANG OF THUGS,STIENBACH,JOHNSON AND DOOLIN,ALONG WITH HER,HAVE BEEN TERRORIZING OUR CITIZENS AND COMMUNITY WITHOUT IMPUNITY!
    ALSO, WHY HAS HARDER AND FRAWLEY,TURNED INFORMANTS ON JOHNSON,STEINBACH AND DOOLIN!
    WE KNOW AND APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS OUR MAYOR AND POLICE CHIEF HAVE DONE TO RID FOREST PARK OF THESE CRIMINAL ELEMENTS, BUT WE URGE THEM TO BE MORE OPEN UPON THE INVESTIGATION WHICH IS GOING ON!

    FOREST PARK CITIZENS ARE SCARED AFTER READING ABOUT THERE ACTIONS AND ARE AFRAID THAT THESE INDIVIDUALS,WHO HAVE BROKEN THE TRUST OF THERE UNIFORMS, AND DOOLIN OF OUR VILLAGE OFFICIALS.
    THERE IS KNOW TELLING WHAT DESPERATE MEN AND WOMEN WILL DO ,ONCE THEY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED.JUST LOOK HOW QUICK THEY ARE TO RAT ONE ANOTHER OUT!
    AALSO WE ASK THE MAYOR AND POLICE CHIEF TO PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY THIS CRIMINAL GROUP IS WORKING WITH MAYWOOD CRIMINAL GROUPS AND POLITICIANS!
    FOREST PARK IS FOR US, AND OUR CHANT WILL BE MAYWOOD OUT, AND CORRUPTION AND CRIMINAL GROUPS OUT OF OUR TOWN!
    WE MUST STOP DOOLIN,JOHNSON,HARDER,STEINBACH AND FRAWLEY NOW!

    By Anonymous Doolin come clean with what you know, at 1:30 PM, August 24, 2006  

  • I thought Lyin' Jim Ryan was already cooperating with Federal authority's on the $100K. That is what he said in the newspaper. Or was Lyin' Jim Ryan lyin about that too? If I were you I'd invite the Fed's to your meeting at Doc's as well. Maybe they can check the basement there for illegal activities. Your boys Calderone & Lyin' Jim Ryan are as crooked as a dogs hind leg. Crime in this town is at an all time high so open your eyes, look around and hold your Messiah's responsible. DOOLIN FOR MAYOR!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Anonymous laughin' at ya, at 2:32 PM, August 24, 2006  

  • Doolin stop droolin at the chance to be mayor! Your comments that our current administration is doing something wrong and illegal is typical Islamofacism that you continue to spew!You sound like the Osama Bin Laden, blaming America for the woes and corruption in the Islamic world!
    Now the dinger is accusing Doc Ryan's of having illegal activites in there basement! The Nerve of you!
    I hope Doc Ryan's sues you for slander, because you surely deserve it!
    Now to the Big Question, why do you refuse to comment on Frawley,Harder and Johnson relationship with you and the money? What about your relationship with Maywood Gang dealers?

    By Anonymous Doolin is droolin, at 3:01 PM, August 24, 2006  

  • I have overheard Doolin and Johnsen at Jimmys place in Forest Park talk about going to Vegas and how much fun they have with afro hookers. How sick.

    By Anonymous Aunt Bea, at 4:23 PM, August 24, 2006  

  • I am sick and tired of Doolin slandering honest people in our village,slandering our elected officials,slandering our police force, and creating rumors,falsehood and innuendos to create chaos and for him to benifit from these slanderous lies!
    Mr. Doolin I honestly thought that you cared about our village and it's people and progress, but the more I see of you, the more I hear you, the more and more I become disgusted with your act and your conduct!
    How we in Forest Park elected you, you must have kept your true intentions hidden. Now that you are showing your true colors,yellow(for coward) shows me what truely disgusting inidividual you must be!
    If you wanted to be Mayor, tell us why,you should be elected. Don't tell us your slanderous lies how the current administration should be. Just tell us why you think you can do a better job and tell us your vision. Don't tear someone up to pull yourself up! Act and be a Man, a civilized man, because Mr. Doolin "you can fool the people some of the time, but you can't fool the people all the time"!
    Come April 2007, I will be voting for Tony Calderone. Not because he is three generation Forest Parker, not because he revitialized Forest Park, not because he worked day and night to improve our village and our schools and help bring a Magnet High School into Forest Park, not because he is the most lauded Mayor in the Western Suburbs and in Illinois, no (eventhough those are all great reasons),I will vote for Mr. Calderone because he represents what and why Forest Park can be and is a Great Town! He represents the people with dignity and grace,warmth and honesty, and he is great guy,and he has never once put an opponent down,like you incessantly do! He will debate you on issues, but never would slander you for disagreeing, never would attack you personally or your family and friends, like you have done and continue to do!
    Anthony Calderone,his wife and family, is Gentleman and the greatest Ambassador Forest Park can have!

    By Anonymous What are you going to whine about Doolin, at 4:49 PM, August 24, 2006  

  • I jusr woke up,oh, I mean read Doolin's response and truely my observations are,
    1.Doolin did not write it, but an attorney,
    2.If Doolin spaeks and thinks the way he writes,Blessed be his wife,friends, and Mayor and trustees for having to withstand that incessant garbling without getting to any point, until the end when he slanders both our mayor and Police chief and does his self promotion on "how I would handle it"!
    3.Little analysis and lots of opinion, none of which carried much substance.
    4.His opinion will haunt me because he truely believes he's GOD!
    5.Letter showed very limited range of ideas, lacking both in creativity and originality. In short, a huge bore and thankfully showed Forest park voters, what amistake we made four years ago electing him, and what a bigger mistake it would be if we elected him Mayor!
    Friendly advice: Talk to yourself or better yet, run for Proviso 209 school board where you can talk incessantly whithout making a point or do what you have done for four years, nothing ob substance only to whine and pee in your pants every time the mayor and the Board ignore your rants and rave!
    Calderone and the board majority, as well as your wife have to be saints to listen to you,windbag!

    By Anonymous Doolin is making me sleepy,what a windbag!, at 5:34 PM, August 24, 2006  

  • Windbag to say the least I think foaming at the mouth is a better discription, what a sorry piece of bull crap, raddle raddle raddle, yadi, yadi yadi, same old song same old car salesman now turned real estate cheater.

    This guy is only a king wanna be, puts on pretty face speaks mumbo jumbo and poof man if this guy is elected watch out forest park you are in for a real dirty suprise.

    Doolin been hanging with Claypool and Peracia learning from them and just looking to move up where he can twist arms and make more money on the scam.

    By Anonymous agent qrz, at 5:58 PM, August 24, 2006  

  • You mean Doolin has aligned himself with those devil's Claypool & Peraica? Oh my, why can't he be more like Serpico, Stroger, Welch & Bruno. That's right, that would make him Tony Calderone. Ick. How does tony Calderone sleep at night with all those trumpets blowing for him. The rest of your rant's are funny. Show that creep Calderone the door in April Doolin!

    By Anonymous Anti-bla bla machine, at 8:05 PM, August 24, 2006  

  • Just a thought, it may be that Mayor Calderone's followers posting here like amnic dpressives may just not have any idea what an intelligent, well spoken Mayor sounds, acts and thinks like. It could be that they are so used to hearing the Melrose Park style of politician a.k.a Tony "Snoops" Calderone, that they wouldn't know an ethical straight talking politician that actually understands, grasps and can intellectually elaborate their position on issues like Doolin has. Just giving my opinion. Not that any of you in need of medication fools will understand it. Carry on.

    By Anonymous Amazed at the stupidity, at 9:50 PM, August 24, 2006  

  • I agree with Doolin and his supporters, this Calderone,what a fraud!
    Who cares that home vlaues have increased 350% under his watch and that new bussinesses have been brought to Forest Park and our taxes have been increased thanks to all these new,vibrant bussinesses. Who can blame Doolin for being so mad that Yuppies are looking at Forest Park and wanting to move in and are moving. I think Doolin is right, we don't need yuppies walking there dogs up and down Madison St. drinking there lattes from Starbuck's and going to yoga classes, eating at 5 star restuarants and having a night caper at one of the many Irish bars so popular in our village, that everyone,even from Chicago are coming to! I also agree that Calderone should'nt have worked so hard to bring a Magnet school to Forest Park. Calderone is just sooo wrong!
    I also agree with Doolin, that Calderone should never,ever talk to any other elcted official,and he should never be cordial with them. Imagine he talks to the Mayor Of Melrose Park, the Mayor of Maywood, he even talks to the Mayor of Oak Park, and our congressman and our US senators!What kind of mayor is he? Does'nt he know to be a mayor ,like Doolin would be,is he should never talk to anyone, because Doolin should only speak to the president and maybe the Queen of England!!
    Now, Doolin, what else bad can we think of Tony Calderone? Does his feet smell?Does he have dandruff?I wonder is he a Cub fan? he probably is, because he is such a yuppie,with wanting to make Forest Park beeter, and make it the place to be rather than Oak Park! Not like us Doolin who want Calderone to be resigned to the fact, that we can't compete,(the never of Calderone to want to be better than Oak Park), we should try to be more like Maywood,that's why I agree with you and your reasoning!
    Can't trust Calderone, because he wants us to be like Oak Park and Naperville,ug, what's wrong with him!

    By Anonymous A Doolin voter, at 10:13 PM, August 24, 2006  

  • To Mr. Doolin,
    Can you please state what your platform will be for Mayor.
    Whay should we, the Forest Park voters vote for you?
    What would you do differently?
    How would you simulate growth in our village?
    How would you improve our schools?
    What postives havs Calderone had during his tenure?
    What negatives does he have?
    Why would you do better?
    What are your plans?

    By Anonymous concerned voter, at 10:42 PM, August 24, 2006  

  • Mr. Doolin, I for one have heard you discuss many issues concerning Forest Park and am happy to say that you have my vote and confidence.

    You have stand up and rejected variances that the current Mayor and his cronnies were too afraid to do.

    You have demanded accountability from the current Chief of Police and have been mocked by his immature cronnies.

    You have addressed the unethical behavior of the current Mayor and his acceptance of contributions from other outside "deviates", such as Melrose Park's Serpico. I have hard you state on numerous occassions that granting government jobs based on so-called wink, wink friendships and backroom deals is a "no-no" and should not be allowed in government.

    I'm glad we had a stand up Commissioner like you and Steinbach. Please keep up the good work and good luck to you Sir.

    I hope you do become Mayor, you have my support.

    By Anonymous FP resident, at 6:59 AM, August 25, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:38 AM, August 25, 2006  

  • There are people in lif who seek imporovement and betterment for all , but then there are others who are resentful,jealous and teardown the good deeeds of others,with lies and innuendos.

    In Forest Park, Anthony Calderone is a person who loves his village and creates, but Mr. Doolin hates and destroys!
    Remember Forest Park Voters, you have a chance, a very clear chance to let your voices heard, if you seek someone who loves and creates vote for Calderone, if you seek hate and destruction vote Doolin!

    By Anonymous choice is clear, at 12:35 PM, August 25, 2006  

  • I agree with anonyomus, to much angry discourse from the supporters of Doolin and the Mayor. But to be honest with you, Mr. Doolin has been angrily attacking, threatening and strating rumors about his oppostion for the past 4 years. I think Mr. Doolin would be better served if he would just discuss his opinions and his vision, instead of all ways attacking the Mayor!

    By Anonymous STOP THE MADNESS, at 12:40 PM, August 25, 2006  

  • What are some of the rumors that Doolin has started? I only ask this because it seems to me that with all of Calderones shenanigans one would have more than enough fodder with Calderone that making things up just wouldn't be necessary.

    By Anonymous Wondering, at 1:51 PM, August 25, 2006  

  • With so much bullshit flying from both sides, they might just cancel each other out. Anyone know if Steinbach is going to run?

    By Anonymous finggrowup, at 4:57 PM, August 25, 2006  

  • Thats just about it BULLSHIT is what Droolin Doolin is about. He has had a hard time making any inside money so he resorts to personal attacks way to go Doolin Droolin what a crock of bullshit

    By Anonymous flamboiant, at 10:05 PM, August 25, 2006  

  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:43 AM, August 26, 2006  

  • I removed a couple posts made by "Anonymous" even though they were articulate.

    I do this because it more than one person is posting under "Anonymous" it becomes confusing for readers trying to follow the discussion.

    Please use a pseudonym. Thanks.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 3:17 PM, August 27, 2006  

  • In Forest Park, Anthony Calderone is a person who loves his village and creates, but Mr. Doolin hates and destroys!
    Remember Forest Park Voters, you have a chance, a very clear chance to let your voices heard, if you seek someone who loves and creates vote for Calderone, if you seek hate and destruction vote Doolin!


    OK Choice...You are putting down Dooling without discussing the various issues of accountability. Its obvious to see your hate. I'm sorry I won't vote for Calderone. I've seen to much inadequacies coming from his Police Department and his contracting issues with "friends". I believe that is a display of cronyism at best. However, you are right the choice is mine and I choose Doolin. Its time for a positive change from a politician that doesn't hide behind is elected officials. Doolin has been forthright in addressing the public.

    The choice is clear for me and my family -- Doolin 2007.

    Get rid of the rift raft and mob affilliates. Honesty and integrity is what its all about.

    By Anonymous fpresident, at 9:24 AM, August 29, 2006  

  • If honesty and integrety is what you're looking for than Doolin IS NOT the right choice.

    If you are looking for the DEVIL in DISGUISE than Doolin IS the right choice.

    By Anonymous Sick and Tired of BS, at 5:43 PM, August 29, 2006  

  • Living in FP, and listening to Doolin, all I ever hear him do is sling mud. I am not sure this is someone I want in office. Mayor Calderone has done alot of good things for our village, it is not his fault that we have dishonest cops, or that crime is moving west, times are changing all over. Doolin never seems to have any answers to any of these problems all he says is calderone is bad. I am not really sure why he is running, I am sure it has something to do with his corupt friends though.. VOTE FOR DOOLIN AND FOREST PARK IS DOOMED!

    By Blogger ihpdyid, at 3:38 PM, September 03, 2006  

  • Can you be more specific? Doolin has addressed the issues of a corrupt Mayor, inefficient Police Department, Home variances and zoning issues.

    I believe you have a few facts mixed up. Doolin has addressed Calderone's methods or lack thereof. He did not say Calderone was bad. Bad what?

    By Anonymous listening, at 6:37 PM, September 12, 2006  

  • WITHOUT IMPUNITY

    I believe the writer means "with impunity." Impunity means "without punishment." So, if you write "without impunity" you are negating what you're attempting to say.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:33 AM, February 10, 2007  

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