The allegations got here to mild throughout a particular metropolis council assembly final week. A gathering was learn into the document that alleged Evans was paid $189,038 in time beyond regulation throughout 2020 and $96,040 in time beyond regulation in 2021. That’s on prime of his base wage of $151,000. Town lawyer stated Evans apparently signed and approved the time playing cards himself.
ABC13 went to the Spring Valley Village Police Division on Wednesday, however the doorways have been locked. We requested if anybody was out there to talk about the police chief, however a voice over the intercom would solely say, “You are going to have to speak to the town lawyer.”
ABC13 additionally tried to contact each metropolis council member and the mayor on the problem. However the one elected official we situated was Mayor Professional Tem Allen Carpenter, who referred to as the problem a “personnel matter” that he couldn’t remark upon. Carpenter then turned on his leaf blower.
Sources stated Evans did not take it nicely when metropolis leaders confronted him concerning the time beyond regulation funds. A few of that was alluded to within the metropolis lawyer’s letter and browse aloud in the course of the particular metropolis council assembly on April 1.
The origin of this example for which this particular assembly is being referred to as was a particular assembly which occurred on Feb twenty second of this 12 months to debate proposed job alignment and wage ranges for metropolis staff. Because of that assembly and dialogue, further data was offered later which revealed that in each 2020 and 2021 very substantial quantities of time beyond regulation had been paid by the town to an exempt worker. It is just within the rarest of events and beneath particular circumstances that metropolis coverage permits OT for exempt staff. This single exempt worker over the course of a nine-month interval in 2020 acquired $189,038 in OT plus base wage. In 2021, these OT funds continued for an extra $96,040 plus base wage.
This data was not nicely acquired by your metropolis representatives. The dearth of openness, transparency and even consciousness by the person accountable for the distribution of those OT funds (who was additionally the recipient of those funds) has left your metropolis representatives questioning the judgment and their belief on this particular person to proceed their position with the town.
Because of this, Spring Valley Village’s duly appointed Police Commissioner and reserve Assistant Police Chief was requested by the mayor and mayor pro-tem to satisfy with this particular person to provoke a dialogue concerning the willingness of this particular person to have interaction with council to formulate a retirement/separation settlement with the town. Sadly, this assembly didn’t go nicely or have the supposed consequence.
Not too lengthy after this assembly the Police Commissioner was contacted by telephone by this particular person. The results of that dialog, based mostly on steering of the town lawyer, led to the present standing of this particular person being positioned on administrative go away and all entry to the town’s private areas (to incorporate the police division) being revoked.
Because of a confrontation between Evans and metropolis leaders, there’s now a police officer stationed outdoors Spring Valley Village’s Mayor Marcus Vajdos’ home for safety.
Spring Valley Village’s attorneys are working with Evans’s lawyer on a separation plan. His lawyer launched the next assertion:
“Chief Loyd Evans denies any wrongdoing with the town of Spring Valley Village. He’s looking forward to an amicable separation of his employment with the town.”
The dealing with of the scenario stunned former federal prosecutor Michael Wynne, who now focuses on white-collar prison protection work.
“Fireplace this man proper now,” Wynne stated after studying the town lawyer’s letter. “Look, I’ve seen individuals prosecuted and investigated by the FBI for a lot, far, far much less, and this man continues to be getting paid? It is simply outrageous, particularly, in a small group like this.”
Evans’ lawyer contends that every one the time beyond regulation will likely be accounted for and that the police chief was “busting his butt” in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic to cowl for different officers who fell sick.
The 2 sides are nonetheless hashing issues out behind closed doorways. Nonetheless, a public assembly is scheduled for subsequent Tuesday. It is anticipated that Evans will finish his employment at the moment, although it is unsure if that parting will likely be a pleasant one.
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