Buckley makes offer for police post

Buckley makes offer for police post

BUCKLEY — Village board members voted unanimously this week to offer the position of part-time village police officer to Chris White, a Paxton resident who once served as Rankin's police chief and was a candidate in 2010 for Ford County sheriff.

If White accepts the offer, he would replace Jed Whitlow, who is retiring effective Nov. 15.

White was employed as Rankin's police chief from March to August 2010 — the same year he ran as a Republican in a three-way race for the sheriff's seat in Ford County.

White's employment in Rankin ended in controversy when the village board voted 5-1 to fire him in August 2010. The board took action despite the threat of lawsuits from White's private attorney.

The board never publicly disclosed its reasons for firing White, who earlier had been suspended without pay for two weeks. White had said the suspension was due to concerns over the police department's budget.

White later filed a lawsuit seeking $93,750 in damages from the village for an alleged breach of contract.

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