Police chief says staffing an issue
By Madhu Mayer Correspondent September 24, 2013 6:58PM
Updated: October 26, 2013 6:22AM
The Plainfield Police Department is facing a personnel challenge its chief says he hasn’t witnessed in nearly two decades of service.
During a committee of the whole workshop this week, Police Chief John Konopek shared his projections for personnel needs and changes over the next several years. He said the biggest challenge facing the police force is retirement of civilian employees and officers.
Next year, Konopek said Monday, two officers and one civilian employee will celebrate 25 years of service with the police department; another five officers will reach the 20-year milestone; and six officers will mark their 15th year on the force.
“This means in the next 10 to 15 years, the police department has the potential to lose 75 percent of total staff to retirement,” said Konopek, who has been with Plainfield for 19 years.
The police chief said requirements for retirement are 50 years of age and at least 20 years of service. But the new pension law has upped the age requirement to 55, which, according to Konopek, will only affect two recent hirees.
The village’s budget for fiscal year 2014-15 covering police and other departments will not be considered for adoption until spring. Plainfield police’s projected 2013-2014 budget totaled $11.13 million in expenditures.