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Deer Park seeks $1M for police work

Updated: February 19, 2013 3:02PM

DEER PARK — The village of Deer Park is looking to recapture between $1.1 and $1.6 million that officials claim was paid to Kildeer for police services Deer Park alleges were not performed.

Deer Park Trustee James Denny said Wednesday the seven-figure number was determined after a review by an expert in forensic accounting. The Deer Park findings were disclosed to Kildeer’s legal counsel, Denny added.

“These findings are unacceptable to our residents, and we intend to vigorously pursue reimbursement to the village of Deer Park,” Denny said.

Deer Park’s claim stems from a lawsuit the village filed against Kildeer in November 2011, when Deer Park terminated its police services agreement with Kildeer.

In July 2011, Deer Park began analyzing and determining whether the police coverage provided by Kildeer was in line with contractual obligations. By November, Deer Park made the decision to break off its contract with Kildeer, Deer Park officials said.

In March 2012, Deer Park filed suit in Lake County Circuit Court alleging breach of contract and fraud. Officials also requested an accounting review for all funds paid by Deer Park to Kildeer.

According to Deer Park officials, officer assignment sheets prepared by the Kildeer Police Department and the Lake Zurich 9-1-1 call center radio logs were both examined to determine the quantity and cost of the alleged damages.

The Deer Park analysis found Kildeer police failed to perform coverage duties for about a third of the time the contract had been in force.

“The village of Kildeer disputes these claims and we are strenuously defending against their claim in court, and we expect to prevail,” Kildeer Village Administrator Michael Talbett said.

Since terminating its agreement with Kildeer a year ago, Deer Park has contracted with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office for police services.

Denny said the judge in the case has allowed Deer Park to move forward with the charges. He said the next step would be for Kildeer to produce expert witnesses, adding that Kildeer has already requested a 30-day extension to do so.

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