Hellwig is Suspended
Plaintalker's e-mail to Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs early Friday was not answered, but sources said Hellwig had been suspended for three days. McWilliams said she was informed of the suspension Friday, but could give no further details as it is a personnel matter and she did not want to infringe on Hellwig's rights as an employee.
Commenters began responding to Friday's blog post in which Plaintalker noted that Hellwig and Corporation Counsel Dan Williamson were the only two cabinet members to serve the entire four years of the mayor's first term and to be reappointed to serve concurrently with the mayor's second four-year term. Click here to see his resume, which includes many years in law enforcement before taking the civilian posts in Plainfield. Plaintalker cannot post the allegations made by commenters.
Hellwig is in charge of both the Police and Fire divisions. No official reason for the suspension has been revealed. McWilliams said the full council has now been apprised of the suspension. City Hall will be closed Monday for the President's Day holiday, so an official statement may not come until Tuesday or later. As a department head, Hellwig reports to City Administrator Bibi Taylor, who was just sworn in last week.
Hellwig was in the news recently after the Plainfield Police Benevolent Association announced a vote of no confidence in him following his proposal to demote three police captains for budgetary reasons. In April 2008, he became police director following the City Council's vote to abolish the title of police chief. Hellwig received no extra compensation for the title in addition to serving as department head. A salary range for the police director title was passed just last week at the Feb. 8 City Council meeting and will take effect 20 days from that date.