MOWEAQUA — In the wake of the resignation of Moweaqua Police Chief Rob Maynard, Shelby and Christian county sheriff's offices said they are ready to provide law enforcement in the community.
The chief's resignation, along with that of the other full-time officer, Chad Lamb last week, has effectively left the village without a police department for the time being.
Shelby County Sheriff Don Koonce said Tuesday that Moweaqua'a law enforcement needs will be covered fully by his department.
“We have a very good sheriff's department and other police departments, and we will take care of everything that needs to be taken care of,” he said.
Asked how his office would provide the help, whether through extra shifts or deputies, the sheriff said his deputies would be serving “the taxpayers of Moweaqua with law enforcement, that is what we will be doing.”
Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp said his office was ready to lend a hand as well. He said it was not unusual for his deputies to be in the area. Part of the northwestern area of Moweaqua village actually falls within Christian County, and the village golf course is in Christian County.
Kettelkamp said cooperation between the two sheriff's departments is not unusual. “If there is an incident near the county line and they have a vehicle that is far away, they ask for help and vice versa, we do the same thing with them,” he added.
Maynard resigned from his post as police chief on Monday, a week after village officials announced Maynard's one-week suspension and the resignation of Lamb.
Mayor Boomer Neece has not responded to multiple requests for comment in regard to Maynard's resignation nor from previous requests over Maynard's preceding suspension.
In response to an email query, village board member Shawn Conlin, who Maynard said was present at a meeting where he presented his letter of resignation, replied in an email Tuesday: "I am so sorry but I do believe we are still unable to comment. This has been difficult for the community and the board."
In his resignation letter, obtained by the Herald & Review, Maynard said the decision stemmed from "what I believe has been nothing more than outright and blatant discrimination directed at myself and the police department."
Maynard, a 15-year veteran of the Moweaqua Police Department, also alleged the mayor and village board created a hostile work environment, which has caused "a detriment to my health and well-being, along with a direct effect on my family and my good standing within the community."
Village officials said last week they couldn't further comment on personnel issues, which are permitted to be discussed in sessions closed to the public, according to Illinois' Open Meetings Act.
The Herald & Review obtained part of Maynard's file, which included the grounds for the suspension he served prior to resignation.
"Your professional conduct has deteriorated since your last discipline," village officials wrote in the document. "The Village of Moweaqua is concerned because your professional performance has been unacceptable."