When police officers resign due to a bad work environment, this should be eye opener to the department, as well as how this will reflect back on the community. Town leadership and Mounds, IL Police Department certainly recognized the need for change.” – Linda Webb, Founder RITE Academy
UPDATE 6:45 p.m. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2015
MOUNDS — Mounds Police Chief Lloyd Boseker has turned in his letter of resignation after a several week suspension for his involvement in a bar fight.
The town mayor immediately replaced him with interim chief Terry Riddle. Community leaders say problems between former chief Boseker and community leaders go far beyond his recent bar fight.
Town officials called Boseker hot-headed and difficult to work with. They view his resignation, and a new chief, as the next step to moving on.
“I promise to serve to the best of my ability,” Riddle said during his swearing in. Riddle takes over a police department suffering from low morale and a lack of team spirit.
Three officers quit in just the last three weeks, leaving residents like Patricia Shipp, afraid to leave their property.
“You almost feel like you’re incarcerated in your own home. At least that’s the way I feel. I keep my doors locked,” said Patricia Shipp, a local resident.
Riddle took his oath just hours after former police chief Boseker resigned.
“It’s going to take the whole community to get back on track,” Riddle said.
Town leaders say chief Bosecker’s tenure saw the department mired in controversy.
“We all just felt like he didn’t present himself as chief of police in that respect. And I just didn’t feel like we could go on,” said Mounds Mayor Rita Flummer.
Flummer says the former chief left the department in shambles. “The morale at the police department, was bad,” Flummer said.
She remains confident Riddle will help the force recover, and said he has a tough job ahead.
“You worry about break-ins and stuff like that. At least we do.
My son says be sure to keep the door locked,” said Dallas Jackson, a local resident.
Riddle says he’ll stay open to suggestions from the community and hopes to repair the relationship between police, the city and it’s citizens – through transparency.
“We will work on that,” Riddle said.
The Union County States Attorney has not yet said whether he will press charges against the former Mounds Police Chief.
Meantime, the new chief wants to hire five new officers. To help combat crime, Chief Riddle wants to create a mentor program for local kids.
Several residents suggested the city install more street lamps to light up the town at night.
MOUNDS — Lloyd Bosecker has resigned as police chief of Mounds.
Bosecker turned in his letter of resignation Wednesday morning. He is currently under investigation for his role in a fight earlier this month at Club 37 in Olmsted.
Mounds officer Terry Riddle was sworn in as chief Wednesday by Mayor Rita Flummer. Flummer says she hopes to restore morale in the department after three officers quit in recent weeks.
Chief Riddle is accepting applications to fill those positions.
Hear from Riddle and Mayor Flummer tonight on News 3.
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