10:44 p.m. CST, December 3, 2013
Tinley Park officials paid more than a year's salary to a 911 telecommunications supervisor who had been disciplined for misconduct as part of a rare resignation agreement, records obtained by the Tribune show.
Village leaders refused to answer questions about why they decided in August to give $93,000 to the employee, who was paid $91,000 in 2012, payroll records show.
"On one side, I'd certainly like to comment on what you're talking about versus potential lawsuits on the other side," Mayor Ed Zabrocki said.
The employee, who had been responsible for preparing and monitoring the 911 budget as well as directing all aspects of public safety communications services, had signed a "last chance agreement" in February 2012 in lieu of the village seeking her termination. She agreed to avoid "any further instances of time fraud, employee bullying or overtime manipulation."
On Aug. 6, the Village Board signed a "negotiated separation" with Chantal Carlin and characterized it as "due to a reorganization" of the Police Department and 911 operations. No other employees lost their job as part of the reorganization, Zabrocki confirmed.
As part of the resignation, Carlin promised not to sue Tinley Park and was barred from making any "disparaging statement" about the village.
In exchange, the village promised to provide a "positive" reference letter to prospective future employers and to remove "any negative documents" placed in her personnel file since May 2011. The village also agreed to reimburse her for three months of job search coaching and provided her with $93,000.
Carlin did not return calls seeking comment. Her attorney, Ruth Major, said just because something is in someone's personnel file doesn't make it true. She did not return follow-up calls.Read the full story as a digitalPLUS member.