The new president of the union that represents rank-and-file Chicago police officers is looking to have a fresh start with Mayor Emanuel, and to tackle major, financial issues with City Hall.
Dean Angelo, Sr. was recently elected as president of the Fraternal Order of Police in a run-off election. The previous president, Mike Shields, had a toxic relationship with the mayor. Shields was removed from office.
The FOP represents about 13,000 Chicago police officers. Angelo is hoping to win them a new contract agreement. They have been working under the old one since 2012.
He’s also concerned about manpower levels, health care costs, and the underfunded pension system.
“We need to start anew, and we need to put on a professional face and go sit with the men and the women of the department and administration level and take care of business for our membership,” said Angelo.
Angelo is a 59 year-old former detective, and the father of a patrolman. He claims he had to retire due to serious knee problems, and collects $50,000 a year in disability payments from the city.
He’s offering to slash his union salary by $50,000 to save his office money.
WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.