the first time in Chesterton Police Chief Dave Cincoski’s tenure, the CPD
finished a year--2019--with its full complement of 24 officers.
two veterans promptly retired: Sgt. Randy Komisarcik, the long-time school
resource officer (SRO) at Chesterton Middle School; and Assistant Chief Dave
Lohse, a 27-year veteran of the department.
retired on Jan. 30. Lohse has accepted a position with the Chesterton
it was at Wednesday evening’s Police Commission meeting that Cincoski
informed members that the latest hiring process is currently in full swing.
Twenty-eight persons formally applied for a position with the CPD; 22
actually took the physical agility test on Feb. 1, with four of them not
passing; the remaining 18 have since completed a standardized written
examination and their scores should be available in the next couple of days,
at which time background investigations will begin on the candidates.
Cincoski said that a short-list of applicants will be ready for the
commission at its March 12 meeting, when he will ask members to schedule an
executive session for the purpose of interviewing candidates.
related business, Cincoski announced that he has appointed Cpl. Michael
Manion the new SRO at Chesterton Middle School.
Manion began in that position on Jan. 28.
Promotions Made Permanent
Meanwhile, at Cincoski’s recommendation, members voted unanimously to make
permanent the ranks of three officers on probationary status since their
promotions last summer:
¥Sgt. Nick Christian, effective Feb. 12.
¥Cpl. Bill Scheiderer, effective Feb. 4.
Cpl. Manion, effective Feb. 18.
“There have been no issues, no concerns, no problems” with any of the
promoted officers, Cincoski said.
consensus members directed Cincoski to make his annual fleet vehicle
replacement request to the Town Council.
Cincoski said that he will be asking the Town Council for three new squad
Members took receipt of several thank-you notes from the CHS Class of 2020,
signed by seniors and expressing their gratitude to the CPD “for constantly
watching over us and keeping us safe,” as one student wrote; “for protecting
our community”; and “for everything you do for our school and our
meeting opened with newly appointed Member Jeff Hornyak’s taking the oath of
office administered by Clerk-Treasurer Courtney Udvare.
Members then voted unanimously to elect Hornyak secretary of the commission.
January in Review
January the CPD responded to 886 calls (616 in December), filed 68 cases
(52), issued 65 citations and 210 warnings (39 and 80), and investigated 38
accidents with six injuries (44 accidents with nine injuries).
Calls for service in January included 93 suspicious vehicles or persons (73
in December), 14 thefts (seven), 33 alarms (38), one incident of vandalism
(six), six animal complaints (three), 402 traffic stops (191), 22 well-being
checks (11), one missing person (none), two reports of battery (one), 19
disturbances (30), five reports of fraud (seven), and two runaways (none).