Quincy, IL News - Journal930.com
Quincy, IL News - Journal930.com
Sunday, Nov 29, 2015

Moore appoints three new Police and Fire Commissioners

1 year, 8 months ago by

Steve Meckes, Kerry Anders and Barry Cheyne need City Council approval on Monday night

Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore has appointed three new Police and Fire Commissioners for the City of Quincy.

Steve Meckes will have a 3 year term, Kerry Anders will have a 2 year term and Barry Cheyne will have a one year term if they are approved by the Quincy City Council on Monday night.

Moore said he wanted to stagger the terms of the three men. The three former commissioners, Charlie Doan, Dick Wentura and David Ayers, resigned en masse after Doan was caught lying to the Quincy City Council regarding evaluations of Fire Chief Joe Henning and Police Chief Rob Copley. Sources told Quincy Journal that Moore was preparing to remove Doan from the Commission.

Moore from December: "...it was shown to me that over the last 5 years, one Chief had been evaluated on a regular basis, while another only had 2 evaluations completed. All of those evaluations were “self-evaluations.”

This is different than what Doan told the Quincy City Council at the December 9 meeting:

From QuincyJournal.com:  Alderman Dan Brink questioned whether annual evaluations of the Chiefs had been done as stated in City Code. Doan said they had and offered to provide the evaluations. Alderman Paul Havermale said he hadn’t ever been presented with those evaluations.

The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners was created in May 1972. It consists of three members appointed by the Mayor. Commissioners are charged with the responsibility of hiring and promoting members of the Quincy Fire and Police Departments. Testing is conducted annually in March for the Police Department and in April of odd numbered years for the Fire Department. 

The Commissioners recently approved new five-year contracts for Henning and Copley, but not after being quesitoned by members of the Quincy City Council for failing to keep them informed regarding annual evaluations of the chiefs. 

Click here to read the Mayor's recommendations.