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Village of Buffalo Grove Board of Fire and Police Commissioners met October 7

By Michael Abella | Nov 8, 2019

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Village of Buffalo Grove Board of Fire and Police Commissioners met Oct. 7.

Here is the minutes provided by the board:

CALL TO ORDER and ROLL CALL:

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman Dibbern in the Trustee Conference Room of Village Hall. Commissioner Johnson called the roll and noted for the record that a quorum was present at the meeting. Present were Commissioners, Hartman, Fishman, Johnson and Dibbern. Also, in attendance were Police Chief Casstevens, Deputy Police Chief Eisenmenger, Fire Chief Baker, Deputy Fire Chief Wagner, HR Director Malinowski, Management Analyst Golbach, Management Analyst Grace, and Trustee Liaisons Stein and Smith.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

A. Commissioner Hartman made a motion to approve the minutes of the BFPC Regular Meeting of September 16, 2019, seconded by Commissioner Johnson. Commissioners Hartman, Fishman, Johnson and Dibbern voted in favor of the motion. The motion passed.

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT:

A. Chairman Dibbern introduced the new Commissioner, Scott Fishman, and welcomed him to the Commission. Commissioner Fishman is a retired Highland Park police officer. He currently works at a private-practice law firm handling investigations. He has lived in Buffalo Grove for 23 years and has two sons. Commissioner Fishman serves on the Highland Park Pension Board.

B. Chairman Dibbern reported that we have two applications in the system of candidates who are interested in serving on the Commission. Interviews will take place in the near future.

C. Chairman Dibbern reported that is will be present at all Commission meetings, testing and oral interviews. The Secretary will swear in officers and fire fighters in the Chairman’s absence.

COMMISSIONER’S REPORTS:

A. Commissioner Johnson congratulated Deputy Police Chief Szos and Lieutenant Anderson on being police-chief certified by Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP).

CHIEF AND TRUSTEE REPORTS: None

POLICE DEPARTMENT:

A. Chief Casstevens advised that Eric Surat’s probation has ended and he gave Chairman Dibbern a copy of the letter.

B. Chief Casstevens reported that Deputy Police Chief Szos and Lt. Anderson have completed the ILACP – Certification of Police Chiefs’ Program. They are now designated as “Certified Eligible Police Chiefs”. The process is similar to an assessment center, which includes written tests, background tests, points for years of service, leadership training, local service for charity and oral interviews.

C. Chief Casstevens advised that he will serve as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshall for a two-year term in the capacity with the U.S. Marshall Service.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

A. Chief Baker reported that Brian Steen and his wife had a baby girl.

B. Chief Baker reported that a FF/PM received word that he has to have surgery on his shoulder.

C. Chief Baker advised that the CAFT Training Building is breaking ground next week.

D. Chief Baker reported that he met with Forrest Kulwin when he was in town recently and presented him with a plaque from the fire department to thank him for his service on the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.

QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE: None SPECIAL BUSINESS: None

OLD BUSINESS:

A. Chairman Dibbern distributed a revised calendar for the Commissioners to review and confirm of any conflicts.

B. Chairman Dibbern reported that the Community Arts Center is not available for the FF/PM orientation and training so that the Arboretum has been reserved for this process.

C. HR Director Malinowski advised that there are three iterations of the test for the FF/PM. He will review and work with Chairman Dibbern to confirm the test to use.

D. Chairman Dibbern advised that she will send the oral interview questions to the Commissioners to review in preparation to discuss at the November meeting.

E. Chairman Dibbern reported that preference points for FF/PM are due to HR by December 20, 2019.

F. Chairman Dibbern requested HR to send an update weekly after online applications have been reviewed.

G. Police Chief Casstevens advised that the lateral process has been very successful for the Village. He suggested that we consider a similar process that is being used in the City of McHenry Commission whereby they add names to list and the list does not expire. Commissioner Hartman inquired about the mechanics of notifying candidates of a status change. Chairman Dibbern advised that we will discuss at the November meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:

A. Chairman Dibbern made a motion to appoint Commissioner Johnson to Secretary of the Commission, seconded by Commissioner Hartman. Commissioners Hartman, Fishman, Johnson and Dibbern voted in favor of the motion. The motion passed.

B. Chairman Dibbern revisited the matter of EMT-CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test), changing the requirement from six months to one year. Commissioner Hartman made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Fishman. Commissioners Hartman, Fishman, Johnson, and Dibbern voted in favor of the motion. The motion passed.

C. Commissioner Hartman made a motion requiring candidates to have their EMT-B license to test for FF/PM, adding 2.5 additional preference points for a NWCHEMSS Paramedic in good standing, seconded by Commissioner Fishman. Commissioners Hartman, Fishman, Johnson, and Dibbern voted in favor of the motion. The motion passed.

D. HR Director Malinowski advised that Management Analysts Golbach and Grace will post updates on the Blue Line and Village website, social media, Illinois Fire Chief Association, MABAS Association, IEMA.

E. A discussion ensued about changing other preference points, i.e., increasing additional 2.5 points for a BA Degree (5 points), an AA Degree (keep to 2.5 points). Commissioner Hartman made a motion to increase additional preference points for a BA Degree to 5 points, seconded by Commissioner Fishman. Commissioners Hartman, Fishman, Johnson, and Dibbern voted in favor of the motion. The motion passed.

F. Discussions on personnel will be conducted in Executive Session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

A. A motion was made at 6:23 p.m. by Commissioner Hartman, seconded by Commissioner Fishman, to move to Executive Session to discuss Section 2(C)(1) of the Illinois Open Meetings Act: the Appointment, Employment, Compensation, Discipline, Performance, or Dismissal of Specific Employees of the Public Body or Legal Counsel for the Public Body, Including Hearing Testimony on a Complaint Lodged Against an Employee of the Public Body or Against Legal Counsel for the Public Body to Determine its Validity. Commissioners Hartman, Fishman, Johnson, and Dibbern voted in favor of the motion. The motion passed.

B. The Commission moved to Executive Session from 6:23 p.m. to 6:25 p.m.

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION:

The open session resumed at 6:25 p.m.

A. Police Candidate #8: Jace Koerner. A motion was made by Commissioner Hartman, seconded by Commissioner Fishman, to make a conditional offer of employment to Police Candidate Koerner. Commissioners Hartman, Fishman, Johnson, and Dibbern voted against the motion. The motion failed.

ADJOURNMENT:

A motion was made by Commissioner Hartman, seconded by Commissioner Fishman, to adjourn the meeting at 6:27p.m. All commissioners present voted in favor of the motion. The motion passed.

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