A December 4, 2020, email from Officer Edgard Pluviose:
Good Morning Everyone,
It is with a heavy heart that I’m announcing my resignation effective immediately.
Lately, I’ve come to realize I’m not welcomed in this organization.
Although this decision was difficult for me to make, I felt compelled to move on from Lakewood Police based on the recent promotional process.
During the Village Board meeting on November 10, 2020, Phil Stephan stated nobody in the Lakewood Police Department expressed an interest in filling the vacant supervisory position.
This is in fact a lie.
I did send an email to Jeannine Smith on November 3rd at 11:38 am expressing my interest for consideration in the vacant sergeant position.
I have retained a copy of this email along with the reply I received from Jeannine Smith acknowledging my interest.
Phil Stephan also stated everyone at Lakewood Police was pleased with the selection of Ed Cole as the new Sergeant.
This again is a lie.
Sergeant Cole was recently heard making a racist comment on the scene of a call and again in front of a prisoner inside the police station.
I do not feel comfortable working with him or having him as my supervisor.
Because the Village of Lakewood is unable to create a fair and equal working environment, I have made the decision to leave.
Although the Village should be concerned about me leaving and the fact manpower will be stretched thin, Mr. Ulrich [a Village Trustee] put it best… “employees are replaceable”.
The management in this Village is very anti-police and as a result, the working environment is hostile.
I am proud to have the police department acknowledged by the United States Marine Corps with receiving the Commanders Award on behalf of our efforts in the Toys For Tots campaign.
I am also proud to have brought some of the Crystal Lake businesses in to help support the Village of Lakewood Easter Egg Hunt.
To the rest of the of the officers at Lakewood PD, stay safe.