They knew it. The board minority knew it and the people knew it.
For over ten months, Olejniczak, Mayor Sandra Bury and their allies have told the public that there wasn’t any problem.
When 46 fire department complaints were “found” by the village and then released to the public by the Oak Lawn Leaf, Olejniczak could have come clean with the people of Oak Lawn and admitted that the switch from highly trained union village employees to a private company has been a disaster.
Instead, like a gambler with an addiction, Olejniczak and his allies chose to double down with misinformation and deception, assuring people that not only had he reviewed the documents but he had spoken to Interim 911 Communications Director Bill Villanova, Fire Chief George Sheets and Police Chief Michael Murray.
Olejniczak, in a prepared speech at the board table looked into the camera and told the people of Oak Lawn that each of these men agreed with him and determined that there wasn’t a problem with the 911 operations under the private company.
The Trustee was very convincing as he even used the longevity of each in public safety to support the argument.
And then, the other shoe dropped and complaints filed by front line police officers were also “found” and turned over. Again, the Oak Lawn Leaf published the complaints.
We also published Police Chief Michael Murray’s memo in which he made it clear that he had absolutely no idea that the complaints were even being kept.
The obvious takeaway from the memo was that Murray didn’t know what was going on with the 911 operations and hadn’t even looked at the issue.
Now some will argue that the memo also shows a total lack of accountability on the Chief’s part who apparently is unaware of the operations of the department he is paid to supervise. That’s the easy conclusion but the overriding issue should not be lost.
Olejniczak paraded the Chief’s law enforcement pedigree out to the public when in fact he knew or should have known that the chief really didn’t know anything about the 911 issue.
They tried to pull a fast one on the public and it backfired. Olejniczak, in particular, was very vocal in attacking the Trustee to his left, Robert Streit (District 3) who has been the only consistent voice demanding answers about the failures of 911.
Olejniczak could have joined with him to investigate the matter but he chose to become part of the cover up. The Mayor and board majority did the same and wonder why they don’t have credibility with the people.
In politics, you can lie. But you can’t get caught. Olejniczak and friends were caught fibbing. Again!
Perhaps, they should think about that the next time an issue arises and nobody believes their “story”.