By: Danny Ciamprone
Source: My Suburban Life
Negotiations to consolidate the Clarendon Hills and Hinsdale police departments recently came to an end as Hinsdale Police Chief Bradley Bloom expressed his discouragement.
Bloom thought both Clarendon Hills and Hinsdale were going into consolidation at the perfect time — doing it without any layoffs and having proper funding before talks fell through.
“I’m not sure if we’re ever going to have this opportunity again and I think that consolidation is where we’ll be eventually, but I’m not sure we’re going to have the opportunity to have the funding and to have the time to be able to do it without layoffs sometime in the future,” Bloom said.
The main hurdle facing consolidation negotiations was Social Security benefits received by Clarendon Hills police officers, but not Hinsdale officers. Bloom said he knew of the issue at the start of negotiations, but didn’t see it as the pitfall.
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