Anthony Lietzow, Union Enter Agreement With Village To Return To The Police Department
ANTHONY LIETZOW, UNION ENTER AGREEMENT WITH VILLAGE
TO RETURN TO THE MOUNT PROSPECT POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Village of Mount Prospect, the Metropolitan Alliance of Police, and Anthony Lietzow entered into a voluntary agreement for demotion and reinstatement on December 9, 2016, ending a lengthy unpaid administrative leave relating to an alleged incident on July 19, 2015 when the Huntley Police Department arrested him on multiple charges. A McHenry County jury found Lietzow not guilty on charges of Aggravated Battery and Resisting Arrest on October 6, 2016. Charges of Domestic Battery and Aggravated Domestic Battery had been dismissed. Lietzow had been on an unpaid administrative leave since November of 2015 pending the conclusion of legal proceedings.
The Agreement outlines disciplinary action as well as conditions of re-entry to the position of patrol officer. As part of the agreement, Lietzow voluntarily submitted his request for a demotion from sergeant to police officer. The Village approved the demotion. Lietzow, a ten-year veteran of the Mount Prospect Police Department, had been promoted to Sergeant in June of 2014 after serving as a patrol officer, tactical officer, and investigator. In submitting his request for a demotion, Lietzow recognized the situation brought negative attention to the community, Department, or himself.
“Officer Lietzow decided he could best serve the Mount Prospect community and the Police Department as a police officer assigned to patrol,” said Chief Tim Janowick. “I understand this period has been a difficult time for Officer Lietzow, his family, and our police department. The fact he requested to be demoted demonstrates his contriteness and willingness to consider what is best for all involved.” The reinstatement agreement specifies a 30 working day disciplinary suspension and requires Officer Lietzow to pass a fitness for duty evaluation by a Village physician.
“Officer Lietzow possesses the necessary certifications and required documents to return to the Department,” Chief Janowick noted. The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board has since reinstated Lietzow. In addition, the Illinois State Police has reinstated his Firearm Owners Identification Card.
The agreement outlined expectations and conditions including a two-year exclusion from promotional testing. The agreement provides for immediate termination for any offense of department rules and regulations, except minor infractions, over the next three years. The agreement further provides for immediate termination for any act of unlawful violence on or off duty for the remainder of Officer Lietzow’s employment with the Village of Mount Prospect.
“This reinstatement agreement provides Officer Lietzow with a road map back to productive service with the Village of Mount Prospect Police Department,” stated Village Manager Mike Cassady. “We are happy to end this chapter and continue moving forward in a positive direction.”
Chief Janowick expects Officer Lietzow to return to patrol on or after December 20.
“Officer Lietzow assured me he will return to duty with the best interests and service to the community and the department we had seen in the past,” said Chief Janowick. “I look forward to his honoring that commitment.”
Officer Lietzow stated, “I am eager to put these allegations behind me and get back to work. I look forward to continuing to build on my distinguished career here in Mount Prospect.”