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Earlville lets go of police chief

Earlville Police Chief Joe Plumlee was fired earlier this month, but the city is now referring to his departure as a resignation.

After a closed session Wednesday, the City Council voted unanimously for a separation agreement with Plumlee. The document said the city fired Plumlee on March 19, but converted the termination to a "voluntary and irrevocable" resignation effective Sunday.

In signing the agreement, Plumlee would withdraw all complaints he has filed against the city, with the exception of the unemployment insurance claim he filed on March 18, a day before his official termination. The city agreed it would not contest the unemployment claim.

The city also agreed to pay Plumlee $9,742, which includes about two weeks of administrative leave and 36 days of vacation time. The agreement stated the city does not have any legal obligation to make the payment.

Answering the door at his Earlville home Thursday, Plumlee declined to comment on his departure from the city.

Plumlee started with the city as a part-time officer in 1993 and moved to full time in 1995. He has been chief since 2001. He made $52,501 in 2017, according to OpenTheBooks.com.

Mayor Michael Hall said he wouldn't comment on Plumlee's situation, saying the matter was confidential.

"It was handled, and we'll go forward from here," he said.
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