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Former Hinckley police chief ‘effectively terminated’

December 21, 2018

HINCKLEY – Former Hinckley Police Chief Kim Everhart was “effectively terminated” by Village President Nancy Nelson, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

According to a letter sent to Everhart by Village President Nancy Nelson dated Dec. 3, the village Board of Trustees and Nelson “decided to go in another direction.”

Everhart was appointed chief in 2015, and was removed on Dec. 3.

The letter says that during a village board meeting, Gregg Waitkus, who served as Hinckley chief from 2012 to 2015, was appointed as interim police chief, “effectively terminating [Everhart’s] employment with the Village of Hinckley.”

“As you are aware, you were appointed by former Village President Rodrerick [sic],” cited the letter from Nelson to Everhart. It then quoted city code to say, “The mayor or president...by and with the advice and consent of the city councilor board of trustees, may appoint...other officers necessary to carry into effect the powers conferred upon municipalities.”

The letter does not specify or cite reasons why Everhart was not re-appointed as chief by Nelson, who was sworn in as Village President in May 2017.

Everhart was compensated for any outstanding pay she had accrued, any outstanding, unused vacation time, and a two-week severance, according to the letter.

When Everhart was appointed in August of 2015, the village board and then Village President James Roderick confirmed her salary of $60,000 with three weeks vacation, according to minutes from the Aug. 3 meeting, which were obtained in the FOIA. She received two 1.5 percent pay increases in 2016 and 2017, respectively, according to the FOIA documents.

Nelson did not respond to requests for comment.

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