Morley terminates vehicle salvage inspector

MORLEY — During a special board meeting on Wednesday night, the Village of Morley removed Dan Robinson as its certified salvage inspector.

Robinson, employed as a village police officer since 1985, was found by the board to have misappropriated funds while performing vehicle salvage inspections.

Under state law, police agencies cannot exceed a cost of $100 per inspection. The fee must be paid to the agency employing the officer and credited to the budget. The agency can then compensate an off-duty or limited enforcement office per inspection.

According to minutes from the Oct. 12, 2009, regular meeting of the Morley Village Council, the board granted Robinson permission to use the village as his base for salvage inspections. Although not in the minutes, at that time he requested to keep $80 of the $100 fee and provide $20 as revenue to the village, Robinson said.

Since starting inspections under the village, Robinson has paid the village the $20 per inspection. However, checks for the service were never made to the village, who employees Robinson, and were never accounted for in financial statements. It is unclear whether Robinson started inspections in October 2009 or January 2010. If he started in 2009, village financial records do not account for 77 inspections totaling $7,700.

Robinson currently remains employed as an officer for the village, and the board is deciding whether to request a further investigation into the matter.

The board will meet again at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12.

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