An election to replace the ousted president of the union for Chicago’s rank-and-file police officers ended in a run-off Friday.
Dean Angelo and Bill Dougherty, the union's acting president, will face off in another election that has yet to be scheduled, said Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 spokesman Pat Camden.
"Hopefully sooner rather than later, because they've both been campaigning for awhile," Camden said. Candidates need at least 50 percent of the vote, plus one, to win.
Former union president Michael Shields was stripped of his position on Tuesday following a 15-11 vote by the union’s board of directors.
He had been suspended from the union since December after he sent a letter to the city’s inspector general asserting that three recent police contracts – two for officers and one for sergeants – were rigged by City Hall, union bosses and an independent arbitrator to benefit the city.
Last month, Shields filed a whistleblower lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the FOP, alleging that he was suspended without due process. As part of the lawsuit, he sued to be placed on the ballot, claiming that his suspension was unjust and that the FOP was punishing him for writing the letter.
The judge denied the injunction, but the latter part of the lawsuit is still pending.
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