FOP holds ‘no confidence’ vote on EPD Chief Billy Bolin


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Members of the Evansville Fraternal Order of Police are voting on their level of confidence in Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin on Wednesday.

FOP President D.J. Thompson said there are “several concerns” with Chief Bolin’s leadership.

Thompson did not want to explain what those concerns were.

The voting began around 5 a.m. and will last until 7 p.m.

Around 290 officers are able to vote in what’s being called a ‘no confidence’ vote.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke is the only person who can hire or fire the Chief of Police.

Winnecke made it clear that Bolin isn’t going anywhere.

“The chief has really, I think, taken great strides to make sure we’re transparent and accountable for the actions of our department. I’m proud of the men and women of the department, as well as the leadership of Chief Bolin,” said Winnecke.

The FOP’s vote is a symbolic one.

In a Facebook post, Chief Bolin said he is not worried and called the vote ‘irrational.’

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This story was originally published on September 18, 2019

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