The Grayslake Village Board met in executive session Thursday night on a personnel matter. They are not required to say which personnel or on what matter. And after a 45-minute closed door session, they didn't.
The meeting was scheduled this week on Tuesday.
Last Friday, Graysake's Chief of Police Matt McCutcheon was arrested in Kenosha County for driving under the influence of alcohol and for being armed under the influence. He was off duty at the time, turning south at the intersection of Route C and Highway 45.
McCutcheon took the turn too wide and crashed head-on into another car. There were no injuries reported. McCutcheon refused sobriety tests at the scene, and was transported to a hospital where he again refused blood tests. He later consented to the tests.
Since then, the village's only comment on the matter was to issue the following statement: "The Police Chief informed us that he was in a car accident on March 30th while off-duty and in Wisconsin and that he received citations related to the incident. Since that point the Village has been conducting an investigation of the matter."
The statement continued: "If the investigation confirms the media reports, this would constitute unacceptable conduct for an individual in the position of Grayslake Police Chief. No further comments can be made pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation."
On Thursday night, the few reporters in the audience waited to hear any news of the status of that investigation. None was given.
"He is still the Chief," said Mayor Rhett Taylor of McCutcheon. He would not say if McCutcheon was the topic of the executive session, or not.
When asked what kind of timeline there would be to take any possible action regarding McCutcheon, Taylor said, "The process involves a personnel matter. I have nothing else to say on this. Thank you."
Personnel matters are protected by law and can be discussed behind closed doors. The arrest of the chief is, however, public record. Patch obtained a copy of the arrest report from the Kenosha County Sheriff's Office. Details can be found .
. He had served as interim chief since the summer of 2010 when former Chief Larry Herzog retired.