Thursday, September 6, 2012
Retired Des Plaines Commander Announces McHenry Sheriff's Run
Prim, 53, retired two weeks ago from Des Plaines PD where four other of its top eight bosses including the Police Chief have left the troubled department in the past year. Two lawsuits charge Des Plaines officers beat or mistreated suspects. A deputy chief has another suit claiming he was fired for not covering it up. Still another lawsuit from one of the alleged brutalizers alleges he was fired for his race. Meanwhile, there's an investigation going on about possible faked Des Plaines DUI stats to get extra federal grant money.
Prim admitted turmoil at Des Plaines PD but said none of it had anything to do with him. He said after 27 years it was time to spend some time with his teenage children, perhaps do some security work on the side, and run for Sheriff. He vowed in his announcement to "repair the tattered fabric of relationships between the MCSO and other county agencies and their leadership."
Between MCSO and the State's Attorney's Office? "I'll let you decide that," said Prim.
Prim said he'd shape up the SO, too. “Whether real or simply perception, the image of the Sheriff’s Office currently is one of a private club managed for the benefit of its members, not a professional law enforcement agency drawing its legitimacy and authority from the citizens,” Prim said.
In the pic: Bill Prim.