Federal Court Upholds Melrose Park Firefighter’s Termination

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews 

According to a March 23 report in the Cook County Record, a “three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago affirmed the dismissal of due process and equal protection claims filed by John Cannici.”

Cannici, a former Melrose Park firefighter, was “terminated from his position for violating the village’s residency ordinance,” the Record explains.

In an opinion delivered on March 15, the judges found that the village “offered Cannici exactly what Illinois law requires in cases of just cause termination: ‘written charges, a hearing and the opportunity to present evidence’ before being fired, according to the decision.”

According to village code, Melrose Park prohibits its employees from living in another municipality unless the appropriate exemption is granted.

The village’s Board of Fire and Police Commissioners found that Cannici stopped living in Melrose Park in 2008, “when he bought a home in Orland Park, where his wife and two children lived.”

The former fireman lived at his home in Melrose Park “while on duty  and spent time with his family on the weekends,” which was a violation of the village’s code, the board concluded.

Read the full Cook County Record article here. VFP

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