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updated: 9/9/2011 5:30 PM

Gurnee top cop future to be known

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  • Gurnee Police Chief Robert Jones

      Gurnee Police Chief Robert Jones


An announcement is expected Monday night concerning the future of Gurnee Police Chief Robert Jones, who's been on paid administrative leave since mid-July.

Jones went on the paid leave pending results from an internal investigation stemming from employee complaints about him, according to Mayor Kristina Kovarik.

Gurnee trustees and Kovarik are to meet at 7:30 p.m. at village hall, 325 N. O'Plaine Road. A closed-door discussion is set as the final agenda item.

The announcement about Jones would occur after the officials return to open session in the village board meeting chamber, Kovarik said Friday. The village also may officially appoint an interim police chief Monday evening.

Jones has been away from the job since July 14. A Chicago labor law firm with no ties to Gurnee was hired to investigate the internal accusations against Jones and file a final report on its findings, officials said.

Male and female police department employees filed the complaints against Jones, officials said. Kovarik said the accusations don't go back more than 12 months.

Jones has been Gurnee's police chief since 1994 after working in Elmhurst as a commander. Deputy police chiefs Kevin Woodside and Terri Kincaid have been leading the department in Jones' absence.

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