Judge upholds Oak Brook’s firing of Drew Peterson’s cop son
PIONEER PRESS March 19, 2013 1:38AM
Drew Peterson (left) and his son Stephen
The firing of former Oak Brook Police Officer Stephen Peterson in 2011 was upheld Monday by DuPage County Judge Terence M. Sheen.
After he was fired by Oak Brook’s Police and Fire Commission, Peterson filed a lawsuit in DuPage County, seeking to overturn his dismissal.
Peterson was dismissed after the Fire and Police Commission determined that Peterson didn’t disclose important information to Illinois State Police during their investigation into the disappearance of his father’s fourth wife, Stacy.
Drew Peterson, Stephen’s father, is serving 38 years in prison for the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
Authorities have said that Drew Peterson gave his son three weapons and $236,000 bshortly after Stacy Peterson vanished from her Bolingbrook home on Oct. 28, 2007, but Stephen Peterson didn’t immediately disclose that information to investigators.
“In this case, it was in no way arbitrary or unreasonable for the board to conclude that Officer Peterson exhibited conduct incompatible with continued service as a police officer,” Sheen wrote in his opinion. “Therefore, this court finds that Officer Peterson’s conduct, when viewed in its entirety warrants the sanction of discharge.”
In firing Stephen Peterson, commission members said in a prepared statement that he had “used extremely poor judgment with respect to the weapons and the money he received from his father.”
“We agree with the judge’s decision and the actions our Police and Fire Commission took,” Oak Brook Village Manager David Niemeyer said.
Peterson has 30 days to appeal Sheen’s decision to the Illinois Appellate Court.