The Silver Lake Village Board formally accepted Silver Lake Police Chief Dan Kingsley’s resignation at Wednesday night’s Village Board meeting.
The vote to accept Kingsley’s resignation was 5-1, with Trustee Chris Willkomm voting against and Trustee Carolyn Dodge absent.
Kingsley tendered his resignation by letter on Tuesday. It is effective Sept. 12. He has been chief since 2002 and on the department since 1992.
Before the vote, board members took turns praising Kingsley:
- Village President Sue Gerber said with her voice cracking with emotion: “In my opinion, Chief Kingsley was the best chief we have ever had and he is going to be missed.”
- Trustee Micahel Decker, who as chairman of the Police and Judicial Committee is charged with setting up how the department will move forward, said: “He’s a great man. He was a phenomenal police chief.”
- Trustee Pat Dunn praised Kingsley for his work, including how he handled informing his family of the death of Dunn’s daughter: “You’re right he will be sorely missed.”
- Willkomm said he planned to vote against accepting the resignation because he wanted to find any way possible to keep Kingsley on the job: “Dan Kingsley was a real professional … he kept the crime out of Silver Lake.”
- Trustee Roger Johnson praised Kingsley for his accessibility: ” You could sit down and talk to him anytime you wanted to. He was a great chief.”
Decker has said he was meeting with Kingsley Thursday to work out plans for the department. He said it is unlikely the village will launch a search for a permanent replacement until after the dissolution of the village referendum on Nov. 4.