EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Police Department and the Fraternal Order of Police both held news conferences Thursday afternoon.
As we’ve reported FOP members held a “vote of confidence” for Chief Billy Bolin Wednesday.
FOP President DJ Thompson says for the first time in their history, the majority of FOP members voted they did not have confidence in their chief.
Thompson said during Thursday’s news conference this vote came from what they call labor-management issues with Chief Bolin and that these issues have been ongoing for years.
This includes staffing of motor patrols, how Chief Bolin allocates taxpayer dollars, and whether or not FOP members feel as though the city is safer under him.
Overwhelmingly, FOP members voted that they do not have confidence in Bolin as chief.
“This wasn’t something we wanted to do,” Thompson stated. “Like I said the chief just did not think these were issues and we had issues. It just came to the point I felt I was running into a wall explaining our issue. This was a way to get his attention, see it’s department-wide not just talk of a few.”
EPD says they have a monthly dialogue with the FOP.
During Thursday’s news conference, which you can watch in the video below, Sergeant Jason Cullum defended Chief Bolin.
He says Bolin and EPD leadership planned to meet with FOP leaders last month over labor-management issues, but says that meeting never happened.
“The biggest farce is the false premise,” Sgt. Cullum explained. “While claiming it was to open a dialogue, they failed to not getting the answer you want.”
The vote does not mean Bolin will be removed from his position. Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says he fully supports Bolin.
Bolin also said in a Facebook post that he’s not going anywhere.
Evan Gorman is interviewing Chief Billy Bolin. He will have a full report on 14 News at 10 p.m.