A Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District spokesperson confirmed that Deputy Chief of the Round Lake Fire Protection District, John Whitten, was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. Recently, he was placed on unpaid administrative leave pending a hearing that is set for June 28th.
In a Letter to the Editor received today, sources state that there are at least 17 charges against Whitten including theft, battery to employees, and spitting in an employee’s face. Some of the charges span over many years and were ignored by the management until recently. One of the recent charges is for not holding a proper bidding process for work to upgrade the existing fire stations using funds obtained through a grant. Whitten awarded the contract to perform the work to a personal friend, who is also an employee of the Fire District. Whitten is also under suspicion of using a department vehicle to carry out an extra-marrital affair, as well as buying personal items for his family with a department credit card.