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Island Lake police chief, legal team resign

ISLAND LAKE – The village’s police chief and legal representation have resigned effective with the village’s new leadership.

In a two-sentence letter to outgoing Mayor Debbie Herrman, police Chief William McCorkle said his resignation was effective May 9, the same day that Mayor-elect Charles Amrich will take the oath of office.

“I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve the Village of Island Lake,” the letter read.

McCorkle earned about $86,000 a year leading the 16-officer department, according to Herrmann, who appointed the police chief.

“I think it’s a sad day for the Island Lake Police Department and residents of our community,” she said.

Attempts to reach Amrich on Saturday were unsuccessful.

Amrich handily won the mayorship in the April 9 election, defeating Herrmann after a heated campaign season.

In a letter dated April 25, village attorney Julie Tappendorf said the firm Ancel Glick no longer would represent the village under Amrich.

“We understand that the newly-elected Mayor intends to appoint a new Village Attorney, which is his right under state statute,” Tappendorf wrote. “We will fully cooperate in the transition of any pending legal matters to the new Village Attorney.”

The law firm’s resignation is also effective on May 9.

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