NIU Police Chief Don Grady was fired yesterday, February 19th, 2013. The dismissal comes more than three months after he was put on paid leave for his department’s alleged misconduct in a high profile rape case brought against one of his officers and five months after he asked the FBI for help investigating university finances, the Chicago Tribune reported.
“The university’s decision to dismiss Grady was made after an administrative evaluation, which included a review of the (alleged rape case), NIU police department records and Grady’s internal pre-termination hearing earlier this month,” according to an NIU news release.
In a letter dated Tuesday, February 19th from NIU’s Acting Director of Public Safety Bill Nicklas, Grady is told his contract is being terminated because of his mismanagement of the case against former NIU police officer Andrew Rifkin. Specifically, Grady is accused of not handing over evidence and not properly supervising his department. In the dismissal letter to Grady, Nicklas writes “…your credibility and the credibility of the Department has been compromised to the extent the University believes termination is appropriate.”
Grady’s attorney Michael Fox has told the Chicago Tribune that he plans to appeal the dismissal and can prove the allegations against Grady are baseless. As NIU’s police chief, Grady was earning more than $206,000 per year.