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Bolingbrook candidates get rare police union endorsement

Union heads call endorsement 'unprecedented shift' after 'decades of remaining neutral'

Terri Ransom (top left), Jaime Olson (top right) and Ajaz Gill
Terri Ransom (top left), Jaime Olson (top right) and Ajaz Gill

The Metropolitan Alliance of Police chapters 3 and 4, the unions representing over 100 officers, sergeants, and lieutenants of the Bolingbrook Police Department, endorsed the Bolingbrook United candidates for village trustees.

The Bolingbrook United party, which is running three candidates for the village board, called the union’s endorsement “an unprecedented shift” in a news release signed by MAP Chapter 3 President Robert Liazuk and Chapter 4 President Jeffrey Lockard.

The union presidents went on to say the chapters “proudly endorse” Jamie Olson, Terri Ransom and Ajaz Gill to “put our Village back on track.”

“Bolingbrook’s law enforcement professionals answer their call to service each and every day, putting their lives on the line for the welfare of our fellow citizens,” the union heads stated in the release. “Now, the quiet professionals stand for a change in leadership and call for a check on the unfettered reign of the status quo.”

The union presidents claimed the current village leadership “inappropriately politicized the promotional and disciplinary process within the police department.” The unions presidents also said that Olson, Ransom and Gill “have the character and experience necessary to bring refreshing independence and transparency to the Village of Bolingbrook.”

They also claim the current village leadership has a “proven track-record of backroom deals, duplicity and bullying” and “imperils the independent, effective and professional law enforcement service Bolingbrook’s citizens have earned and deserve.”

Bolingbrook residents will vote April 2 for three village trustee positions.

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