It has been about a year or more since the City of Woodstock Police Chief, Robert W. Lowen Jr., who I believe still lives in Carpentersville after more that three years on the job as Chief, filed a complaint with the Woodstock Fire and Police Commissioners, who are considered officers of the City of Woodstock. He, the Police Chief, Robert W. Lowen Jr. alleged that Sergeant Steven R. Gorski, a 19 now 20 year veteran of the force be fired because of alleged abuse of prescription medications that he used to control pain that had been caused by two in the line of duty injuries that he sustained to his lower back and his neck. At an "open" meeting the attorney for the City of Woodstock, at that time, made sure that all the alleged details that she, Anne Brophy, an attorney of the firm of Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, and the Chief wanted to be publicly disseminated was done so to the media which was present. It did not appear to me that they were allegedly too concerned about private personnel or private health issues whatsoever. They accomplished what they set out to do; to allegedly air private personnel and health issues to the public via newspapers, Internet, etc.
I have served on many boards of directors over the last thirty plus years and I cannot recall once when a board discussed personnel or health matters of an employee in a public, open forum; to me the manner in which this initial complaint of the Chief that was presented to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners was allegedly done to injure and defame Sergeant Gorski before he even had the chance to defend himself. It was, I allege, unscrupulous behavior at best.
It then took Ms. Brophy about four and one-half months, (all in closed session to the public) to present the evidence that was to prove the Chief's complaint. In January of 2008 the prosecution (Ms. Brophy) rested it's case; it had presented all the evidence it had. Why it took four and one-half months to do so I do not know and why all of a sudden it had to be in "closed session" after the supposed complaint was announced in detail in public is beyond my understanding. I allege a murder trial might have been resolved sooner and this whole matter I allege has a certain distinct smell to it.
Sergeant Gorski's attorney, Tom Loizzo then asked the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners to consider a directed decision since to his perspective the Chief and the City did not prove their case. The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners in February of 2008 then granted the motion for a directed decision and deliberated in private for several minutes to arrive at a decision. The decision of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners was unanimous, 3 to 0 in favor of Sergeant Gorski with absolutely no disciplinary action recommended. The City was directed to pay him all his back pay and interest that he had not been receiving and to reinstate him when he had recovered from surgery on his lower back which had incurred in the interim. None of the directives of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners were obeyed by the Chief or corporate city authorities. The Chief, Robert W. Lowen Jr. filed for Administrative Review with the Circuit Court. Two scheduling hearings have already happened in the hope that this could be resolved but so far it has not. Each time a junior member of the law firm of Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle appeared (musical lawyers) who could not and did not have the authority to act for the law firm. A hearing before Judge M. McIntyre is finally set for October 15, 2008.
You have to understand one thing, the Chief has named the Fire and Police Commissioners as Defendants in his action for an Administrative Review...the City in a sense suing the City. Sergeant Gorski was also named as a Defendant although he had absolutely nothing to do with the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners' decision to accept the motion for a directed decision and with the final decision of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, 3 to 0 in his favor.
This whole misadventure has only one winner at this time, I allege it is the law firm of Zukowski, Rogers, Flood and McArdle who will collect their legal fees for over the last year of continued litigation on their part. The losers will be Sergeant Gorski who has not been paid in almost one year and the tax paying citizens of Woodstock who are going to pick up the legal tab. What are the City of Woodstock leaders thinking? The hole is just getting deeper and deeper.