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Chicago detective on disability leave wins runoff for FOP president

Dean Angelo Sr. Chicago Police detective disability leave has been elected president Chicago Fraternal Order Police.  |  Facebook

Dean Angelo Sr., a Chicago Police detective on disability leave, has been elected president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police. | Facebook photo

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A Chicago Police detective on disability leave has been elected president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, a union spokesman said Wednesday.

Dean Angelo Sr. beat the acting president of the union, Bill Dougherty, by a vote of 5,021 to 4,548, FOP spokesman Pat Camden said.

Camden said the runoff election was the first he could remember the FOP ever holding. Angelo and Dougherty were the finalists in a field of five candidates in a general election last month.

Dougherty has been acting as president of the FOP since Mike Shields was suspended and removed from office in December.

Shields drew the ire of local and state FOP leaders for publicly accusing former FOP leaders of working with City Hall to fix past police contracts. He also apologized to members last year for paperwork mistakes that denied rank-and-file officers their automatic right to a retroactive pay raise.

FOP members have been working under the provisions of a contract that expired on June 30, 2012. The union is negotiating a new contract.

Shields filed a lawsuit to overturn his suspension and ouster, claiming his right to due process was violated. The case is pending.

Angelo, 59, is collecting disability payments for a knee injury. He receives about $50,000 a year in disability payouts, records show.

Opponents have criticized Angelo for receiving those payments while he worked as a professor at a Northwest Indiana school — Calumet College of St. Joseph. He has said he would cut his FOP president’s salary by $50,000 in reaction to the criticism.

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