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Crown Point loses one cop to retirement, gains a new one

Crown Point mayor David Uran left administers oath office Daniel Lee as he joins city police force during Board Public

Crown Point mayor David Uran, left, administers the oath of office to Daniel Lee as he joins the city police force during the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting Wednesday April 10, 2013. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 12, 2013 2:00PM



CROWN POINT — The Crown Point Police Department will remain at full staff in the wake of the retirement of one of its veterans, Officer Charles Sprague.

Board of Public Works and Safety members Wednesday accepted Sprague’s letter of resignation amid praise for his work and went on to swear in the police department’s newest hire Daniel Lee.

Mayor David Uran said Sprague was a credit to the department.

“He complemented everybody’s skill sets and made everybody a better officer,” Uran said.

Police Chief Pete Land said Sprague was a dedicated policeman and one of the officers instrumental in elevating the police department’s K-9 unit. He said Sprague was injured on the job several years ago and was never able to return back to job fully the way that he wanted to.

As part of his retirement package and in thanks for service Sprague will be allowed to participate in the city’s custom of allowing retiring police officers the opportunity to purchase their service weapons from the city for $1.

“Typically when the door closes for someone, it opens for someone else,” Uran said.

Uran and Land swore in new officer Lee, who comes to the city from Lowell where he was a patrol officer for the past six years. Lee is a Merrillville High School graduate.

Land said the hire will bring the police department up to full staffing at 41.

Board members also extended a conditional offer of employment to the first name on the newest Crown Point Fire Rescue hire list. The individual, who is not yet being named pending the opportunity to notify is his current employer, will replace a vacancy created by a recent retirement.

Chief Greg DeLor said of the 44 individuals who applied to be placed on the department’s new hiring list, 41 took the test and seven passed. After interviewing the seven candidates, six were placed on the department’s new hiring list.

DeLor said the list will be valid through 2014 or until it is depleted. Every candidate on the department’s last list was either hired by the city or by a different department.

“Everybody that was on it, which speaks to the quality of our list, was hired elsewhere,” DeLor said.

The hire will bring the fire department up to full staff as well.



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