A short press release from Joliet City Hall Wednesday morning announced that recently promoted Chief of Police Dawn Malec is out. Malec was on the job for just around nine months and was the first woman in the role.
The city thanked Malec for her years of service to the Joliet community and wishes her well in future endeavors. The city manager announced that Deputy Chief Robert Brown is being appointed as interim chief.
The news of Malec's departure comes shortly after the Illinois Attorney General's Office announced last month that it is starting an investigation into the Joliet Police Department for possible patterns of unconstitutional or unlawful policing. The city of Joliet and the police department are said to be cooperating in the investigation.
The attorney general's office says it has been in contact with the family of a man who died in 2020 after police are shown slapping him and holding his nose in squad car camera footage. Eric Lurry died later on in a hospital after officers found him to be unresponsive. Lurry's death was found to have been caused by a drug overdose.
The Joliet police officer who released the footage to the media, Javier "Butch" Esqueda is being prosecuted on official misconduct charges in Kendall County.