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Joliet police unions endorse O’Dekirk in mayor race

Published: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 10:53 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 10:56 p.m. CDT
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Joliet councilman Bob O'Dekirk

JOLIET – Joliet police have unanimously endorsed Councilman Bob O’Dekirk in his bid for mayor in the April 2015 election.

The Aug. 13 endorsement by the Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council is the second police endorsement obtained by O’Dekirk, a former police officer. O’Dekirk previously was endorsed by the Joliet Police Supervisor’s Union.

O’Dekirk is running against Mayor Tom Giarrante and challenger Andy Mihelich for the city’s top spot in the April 7 general election.

The unanimous vote and early endorsement underscores the confidence the union has in O’Dekirk, said Mike Devito, president of the Joliet FOP, in a news release issued by O’Dekirk.

“Our police department has struggled the last three years with the cutbacks we have suffered from the current administration,” Devito said. “Every day we are operating at least 50 officers short, which places both the police and public at risk.”

O’Dekirk was a 10-year Joliet police veteran before becoming a lawyer in 2004.

Giarrante, a former Joliet firefighter, had no comment on the endorsement, but noted that the police union did not endorse him in the 2011 election.

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