Evansville FOP votes ‘no confidence’ in Chief Bolin


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Members of the Evansville Fraternal Order of Police voted Wednesday they have “no confidence” in Police Chief Billy Bolin.

Seven yes-or-no questions were asked, and the overwhelming majority of answers were negative.

FOP President D.J. Thompson previously said this vote came following “several concerns” about Bolin’s leadership.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has given unequivocal support of Bolin ahead of this vote. The Mayor is the man in charge of hiring and firing the chief of police.

The FOP has scheduled a news conference for Thursday to explain its position.

The following are questions and results from the FOP:

1. As an Evansville Police Officer, do you believe the citizens of Evansville are safer and crime has been reduced under Chief Bolin?

78% NO

2. Do you believe Chief Bolin ensures adequate staffing of motor patrol to provide for the safety of citizens?

84% NO

3. Does Chief Bolin prioritize the duties of law enforcement officers and the everyday functions of the Evansville Police Department over media relations?

82% NO

4. Has Chief Bolin’s elimination of the traditional chain of command improved performance and morale within the ranks of the Evansville Police Department?

80% NO

5. Are taxpayer dollars appropriately allocated within the Evansville Police Department under Chief Bolin?

72% NO

6. Are policies and procedures, including those pertaining to discipline, administered fairly and consistently within the Evansville Police Department under Chief Bolin?

77% NO

7. Do you have confidence in Chief Bolin’s ability to effectively lead the Evansville Police Department?

74% NO

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(This story was originally published on September 18, 2019)

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