KANKAKEE, IL. (ECWd) -
Kankakee's Interim Police Chief Price Dumas resignation today comes within weeks of Daily-Journal reporter David Guiliani's article on Dumas's searching of the Illinois State Police's L.E.A.D.S. database for individuals who had been outspoken against Kankakee's Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong.
His excuse at the time was that "she was a protected class of citizen" and that one of the people he looked up in the database had taken a photo of the city-owned car Mayor Armstrong drove while it was parked in her assigned city parking spot.
Price Dumas was appointed Interim Chief by the Mayor back in June of 2017 and could never obtain the required majority of the city council to consent to his appointment as police chief.
A message posted to the Kankakee webpage confirms his resignation:
INTERIM POLICE CHIEF DUMAS RESIGNS
KANKAKEE – As of today, Interim Police Chief Price Dumas resigned his position with the City of Kankakee. The Chief served the community and his contributions in addressing public safety initiatives are greatly appreciated. We thank Interim Chief Dumas for his service to the City of Kankakee and we wish him well in his future endeavors.
Soon, we will launch a national search for a permanent Chief of Police. I am eager to work with this Council and the community as we conduct this search to fill the vacancy as soon as reasonably possible.
Deputy Chief Willie Hunt will be in charge of the department during the search window. We appreciate the support of the department and the community during this transition.
For more information, please contact Mayor Wells-Armstrong’s office at (815) 933-0500.