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By David Wickster, Executive Director - Wednesday, November 18, 2015

 

            Scott Reeder's recent diatribe in which he attempts to tie organized labor to the long-term criminal actions and personnel issues of Lt. Joe Gliniewicz is completely off base.

            As many reputable journalists have reported these past several weeks, it was the members of public sector unions who tried for years to bring Gliniewicz's activities to light and to have him severely disciplined or fired. It was only the prolonged indifference and cover-up of his management superiors that kept this rogue cop in his job and inexplicably, given his history, resulted in his promotion.

            Gliniewicz's personnel file clearly shows that for decades union members had regularly and repeatedly tried to convince police and city management to remove this bad apple from the ranks of dedicated public servants. Management ignored or downplayed the severity of instances documented by union members about Gliniewicz's intoxication on the job, sexual harassment, and threats toward  fellow officers. Instead of being fired, Gliniewicz was promoted to lieutenant, a management rank. A 2009 letter written by fed-up union police officers to the mayor concerning Gliniewicz' conduct likewise received no action.

            Village of Fox Lake spokesman Dave Bayless said it best: “It appears that the breakdown was in leadership. We are looking at a total failure of leadership regarding promotion decisions.”

            Mr. Reeder's deliberate misrepresentation of the situation is an insult to the dozens of dedicated organized labor members whose tireless investigation under intense media scrutiny broke this case wide open and let the world see the truth in Fox Lake. It is an affront to the hundreds of union members who immediately and selflessly responded when all the world thought cop killers were on the loose and citizens may be in danger. And it is a slap in the face to the tens of thousands of Fraternal Order of Police members, Fox Lake Lodge 90 included, whose service in one of the nation's most dangerous and difficult professions keeps our freedoms intact – including the freedom Mr. Reeder enjoys to say whatever the hell he wants in the newspaper.