Dolton police chief on leave while investigated
By Casey Toner firstname.lastname@example.org November 27, 2012 10:54PM
Updated: December 30, 2012 3:33PM
Dolton Police Chief Ronald Burge went on vacation Nov. 21, pending an investigation of him by Illinois State Police, according to Mayor Ronnie Lewis.
Lewis said the investigation is related to a domestic incident and involves a female village worker. He said Burge has surrendered his service weapon and will take vacation time until the investigation is completed and a judge rules on a restraining order that the worker is seeking against the chief.
“All of this stuff is political,” Lewis said. “This is not newsworthy.”
Burge was Dolton’s chief from 2003 to 2005 when he was fired. He also was fired three times from the Harvey Police Department, filing a lawsuit each time and getting reinstated, before being fired a fourth time in 2002. Burge could not be reached for comment.
Contacted by phone, the village employee said she plans to hire an attorney, adding that “all of this is overwhelming to me.”
State police spokeswoman Monique Bond declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.