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Richmond lets go of Police Chief John Fryksdale

John Fryksdale has been on medical leave since December

RICHMOND – After more than six months on medical leave, the village police chief was let go last week.

The Richmond Village Board approved a separation agreement at its last meeting, effectively “terminating” the employment of Police Chief John Fryksdale, who has been on medical leave since December, Village Clerk Karla Thomas said.

Fryksdale, who has been the village’s police chief since August 2009, couldn’t resign because he was on disability, so the village had to let him go, Thomas said, adding that the village is calling it a termination, not a firing.

Because Fryksdale is receiving disability benefits, he has not been collecting a salary, but the Village Board agreed to pay him $25,000 as part of the separation agreement, she said.

The duties of police chief have been handled by Sgt. Ciro Cetrangolo, who was officially made acting police chief in June.

The position of chief has not been posted, and the village is looking to promote from within, with Cetrangolo likely to retain the position, Thomas said. There is no time frame on the decision.

Cetrangolo has worked for the department since November 2007.

He earns about $59,000 a year as acting chief, less than the $72,000 Fryksdale made because Fryksdale had a master’s degree, Thomas said.

The village also has posted for a full-time police officer position.

The department typically has 19 part-time employees and three full-time employees, which include the chief, a sergeant and a full-time officer.

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