Police chief's lawyer wants misconduct inquiry
The attorney for recently reinstated South Jacksonville Police Chief Joshua Hallock is calling for an official misconduct inquiry into the village regarding the release of privileged attorney-client material, the Edgar County Watchdogs reported recently.
Hallock was reinstated with full back pay after being put on administrative leave for more than a month following a DUI training that taught officers to identify motorists under the influence.
In his request for an inquiry, attorney Tyson Manker alleged that a village employee or official surreptitiously gave reporters an investigative packet that contained "an egregiously one-sided legal memorandum" that was intended to "impugn beyond repair" Hallock's reputation.
Hallock joined the South Jacksonville Police Department in 2011 and became police chief in October 2015.
Copies of Manker's official request were sent to the Jacksonville Journal Courier, WLDS/WEAI News, WICS Newschannel 20, The State Journal Register, the Edgar County Watchdogs and the Morgan County Watchdogs.