Former East Galesburg, Ill. Trustee speaks out after police department, mayor resign

EAST GALESBURG, Ill. (KWQC) –  The soon-to-be-former East Galesburg Police Chief, Jack Harlan, shared his resignation letter with TV station KWQC Thursday. In the letter, he writes, “While it was a very difficult decision to leave this outstanding team, it has always been one of my goals to provide the best leadership and dedication to all that I do. After extensive consideration, I’ve decided that with the current direction of the leadership of current Village Trustees, it is making it very difficult.”


Harlan also wrote to KWQC, “I have no ill feelings towards anyone. I know many will make their own speculation as to why, but the truth only matters to my family and I. With me being a full-time deputy and busy life, my family and I decided it was best to resign.”


Harlan and the rest of the East Galesburg Police force, as well as the mayor,  decided to resign on Wednesday, citing issues with actions taken by Village Board.