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Earlville police chief didn’t meet training requirements, letter said

Official departed the city March 19

Earlville’s police chief was let go for not obtaining the required training of his position, according to a letter signed by Earlville Mayor Michael Hall.

The City Council voted unanimously late last month for a separation agreement with former chief Joe Plumlee. The document said the city fired Plumlee on March 19, but converted the termination to a “voluntary and irrevocable” resignation.

The Times received a letter dated March 19 from Hall to Plumlee through a Freedom of Information Act request, asking for any and all public documents relating to Plumlee’s departure.

In the letter, the mayor said Illinois law mandates a police chief “obtain at least 20 hours of training each year,” “approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement training and Standards Board.”

The mayor said in the letter he was informed March 8 that Plumlee had not obtained the requisite hours for 2017.

“After discussing the matter with you,” Hall wrote to Plumlee, “it is my understanding that you have failed to obtain the requisite training over the last four years.”

The letter concluded as a result of the failure to obtain the training, Plumlee was terminated effective March 19. A hearing on the matter was scheduled March 28, according to the letter.

In a separation agreement with the city, 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.

Plumlee has declined to comment on his departure from the city.

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