‘Lost trust, confidence,’ Metamora mayor places police chief on paid leave pending decision

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The Village of Metamora’s Police Chief Mike Todd is on paid leave until board members can meet next week. 

The mayor says the chief has lost the trust of the people he serves and a decision on the future of his job will be made next Tuesday. 

“We’ve had some discussions and we’ve been meeting, so I have placed the chief, who is not the chief right now, on paid leave” said Mayor Ken Maurer. 

Ken Maurer has been the village of Metamora’s mayor for about 6 years. 

He says Police Chief Mike Todd has been on the force for more than a decade. 

According to the village’s website, Chief Todd has 26 years of experience in law enforcement, but that could change in the coming days. 

“We basically kind of lost the trust and confidence of the chief to run the police department the way we want it to be run,” said Maurer.

The police department now has six officers on the force. 

The mayor says village people shouldn’t worry about safety because the change won’t impact their normal canvassing or duties. 

“As police departments in the area unfortunately are having to reduce staff and budgets, we’re going to be looking at not replacing that particular position,” said Maurer. “Obviously, we would replace the chief, but one of the others we will most likely not.”

Tuesday, Dec 18, the board will go into executive session to decide what’s next. 

Sergeant Tim Ford is stepping into the role of interim-chief, joined by his K9 officer.

Mayor Maurer says Ford has been on the Metamora Department for about 13 years.

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