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No Action Taken On Grayslake Police Chief

Grayslake Trustees met Thursday night in executive session on unspecified personnel matters, but took no action afterwards on the fate of the Grayslake Police Chief who was arrested last week for driving under the influence.

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.

Joe simple April 06, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Let me ask you this Mayor, I know for a fact CHIEF lost his drivers license for one year after 30 days of the accident. How can this Man Do his Job with out a license? Or better yet how could he EVER investigate or hand out a DUI again. I thought that he is held to a higher standard since he represents the town of grays lake. I guess not. What about the people this man is suppose to protect and serve? (they pay his salary with tax dollars) do you think the people feel like he is protecting and serving? The only thing he is serving is a celebration drink knowing that a once again a corrupt politician turns his back . Oh yeah and if he gets caught drinking and driving no need to worry he is protected...... BREAKING news, Mayor hands out free pass For the chief to drink and drive and carry a gun while intoxicated. To be continued :)
Lennie Jarratt April 06, 2012 at 04:30 PM
http://triblocal.com/grayslake/2012/04/06/grayslake-police-chief-placed-on-paid-leave-after-dui-charge/ "Grayslake Police Chief Matt McCutcheon has been placed on paid administrative leave after he was charged last week with driving while intoxicated and carrying a firearm while intoxicated, officials said today. The village is seeking an acting chief to manage the department during McCutcheon’s absence and will interview potential candidates immediately, Mayor Rhett Taylor said in a statement released this morning."
Local April 07, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Hey "simpleton" it's Grayslake, not grays lake...do you even live here?
concern April 07, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Hay Local, Maybe he lives in one of the many towns our chief would of driven in that night had he not been stopped!
Michael April 20, 2012 at 10:20 PM
You can trust ol' Lenny 'The Tugboat' Jarratt on this one- he has his moral rifle honed through his work at Veggie Tales. Paid leave?!?

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