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East Dundee severs ties with cop, gives him disability pension

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The East Dundee Police Department and troubled Sgt. Michael Seyller, a veteran police officer with a host of health and legal problems, have officially parted ways.

Tuesday afternoon, the East Dundee Police Department Pension Board unanimously approved Seyller's request for a non-duty, disability pension due to injuries he sustained that prevent him from working as a police officer. As part of a separation agreement between Seyller and the village signed in May, his departure was contingent on the pension board vote. Seyller declined to comment.

As a result of Tuesday's action, Seyller, of Carpentersville, will receive 50 percent of last year's salary and half of his accrued sick time. The former sergeant made $81,502 in 2012 and earned 38 hours of sick time, which translates into $1,488.91, half of which would be for his post-retirement health care account,

Also as part of the agreement, Seyller's remaining benefits will be paid to him in his post-retirement health care account. He had 176 vacation hours, 24 personal days and 16 hours of comp time, East Dundee Police Chief Terry Mee said. That would translate into $8,463.67 for the health care account.

Seyller, 40, had been an East Dundee police officer since 1999 and was promoted to sergeant in 2010. After an internal investigation into Seyller's off-duty conduct more than a year ago, Mee, who also declined to comment Tuesday, stripped him of his police powers and placed him on paid administrative leave in August of 2012. Mee will not say why.

Seyller also wasn't working because he sustained several knee injuries while off duty, including a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a torn meniscus. His paid time ended May 2 and since then, he has taken an unpaid leave of absence from the police department.

Seyller, meanwhile, has found himself on the wrong side of the law since he's been on leave.

Most recently, a Kane County prosecutor dropped a Carpentersville weapons charge against him in September. That same month, Seyller was sentenced to supervision and community service after he was found guilty of violating an order of protection in Arlington Heights.

His other legal issues involve a Carpentersville domestic battery case scheduled for trial Dec. 10, as well as a felony aggravated battery case in Adams County, Wis., in which he is accused of breaking a man's nose and knocking out two of the man's teeth during a bar fight. That case is set for trial April 3.

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