Collinsville council approves worker's comp settlement for injured police officer

News-DemocratJuly 22, 2013 

COLLINSVILLE - The city council approved a worker's compensation settlement Monday for a police lieutenant who was injured last year.

Lt. Todd Link, who has served with Collinsville since 1998, was injured last year during the arrest of a burglary suspect. He has since returned to work, but has sustained a 12-percent loss of the use of his entire body and his left arm, according to finance director Tamara Ammann.

Since the city is now partially self-insured for worker's compensation, it fell to the city council to approve a settlement of $44,008 to Link for his injuries. Ammann said the self-insurance means some settlements must be paid out of the city's coffers, but in the long run it saves hundreds of thousands of dollars. The council voted unanimously to approve Link's settlement.

Police Chief Eric Van Hook said Link is in a supervisory position, as the lieutenant supervising criminal investigations and the crime-free housing program.

Link was also recently offered the police chief position for the Caseyville Police Department, following the suicide of suspended chief J.D. Roth. However, last week Link announced he was declining the position and will remain in Collinsville.

"We're excited to have him back," Van Hook said. "That's the problem with having such fine officers: as much as you value them, someone else may be looking for them as well."

Caseyville Mayor Len Black has said they will reopen their search for a new police chief from outside the department.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.

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