Brookfield’s police chief, Steven Stelter, says he was asked to resign Friday morning and that his employment with the village was terminated, effective immediately.
Stelter said Village Manager Keith Sbiral gave him the news Friday morning and that he was given no reason for his termination.
“I’ve done nothing; there’s no wrongdoing,” said Stelter, who said Sbiral declined to give him a reason for the forced resignation when asked.
“[Sbiral] didn’t say,” Stelter said. “They want to move in a different direction.”
Stelter, 57, has been Brookfield’s police chief for nearly eight years. He was hired by Sbiral’s predecessor, Riccardo Ginex. Prior to coming to Brookfield, Stelter was a police officer for 28 years for the DuPage County Sheriff’s Police.
A call to Sbiral by the Landmark was not immediately returned.
“It’s been a great eight years,” Stelter said. “The men and women of this department are excellent, and I’m going to miss them.”