Dorchester has found itself in a bit of a quandary after the resignation of Police Chief Gary Leichtman as well as part-time officer Consuelo Maldonado-Rodriguez whose resignation coincides with that of the chief.
Leichtman tendered his resignation through email on July 17, the very same day as Maldonado. It is uncertain why both resigned on the very same day. Neither resignation notice presented any reason for quitting.
Leichtman, however, had filed a complaint with the village for failing to pay him overtime after a change from salaried to hourly pay.
Village trustees voted to accept both resignations but have not decided on the future of Dorchester’s law enforcement.
Dorchester Village officials are considering three main options for law enforcement going forward: contracting with the Clark County Sheriff’s Department; contracting with the Colby-Abbotsford Police Department; or hiring one or more full-time officers to keep intact the Dorchester Police Department. Currently, the village is depending solely on coverage from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
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