Metro-East News

September 4, 2014

Misconduct claim probed against East St. Louis assistant police chief

The city's assistant chief of police is being investigated for misconduct related to a female summer youth program worker, the city manager confirmed.

Assistant Police Chief Ronald Ike on Thursday remained on an unpaid five-day suspension that began last Friday. Ike, who has been with the police department for 18 years, could not be reached for comment.

City Manager Deletra Hudson said an unnamed young woman, who was at City Hall for her first day of work with the Emerson Park summer youth program, made a four-page written complaint involving Ike.

"I am disappointed that an allegation of misconduct has been made involving my assistant chief of police," she said.

Hudson said she has 10 days to conduct her investigation and issue a report.

"I can come to a conclusion or determine that further investigation is required," Hudson said. "We will take whatever time we need to make sure there is a thorough investigation done."

The city has paid settlements for sexual harassment claims, but Hudson said she does not see a continuing problem in the workplace. Hudson said the city provides ongoing training to combat sexual harassment.

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