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Hovious resigns as Marseilles police chief

Chief charged with stealing from city

Jim Hovious, former Marseilles police chief
Jim Hovious, former Marseilles police chief

Marseilles Police Chief Jim Hovious resigned from duty Wednesday afternoon after being charged with stealing from the city on Monday.

The City Council conducted an emergency session at 1 p.m. Wednesday to accept the resignation.

Hovious originally was placed on paid administrative leave in August after city officials confirmed Hovious was under investigation by the La Salle County State’s Attorney’s Office for misuse of city funds for personal or inappropriate expenses.

The resignation takes Hovious off the city’s payroll, but the city paid $26,244.55 in benefits including unused vacation time as well as agreed to cap his pension benefits at his current salary of $96,107. If Hovious is convicted of the crime, he would not receive a pension.

Earlier in the day, Hovious had a court appearance where he waived his right to a probable cause hearing by a grand jury. He is next expected in court on Thursday, Dec. 13.

Hovious was charged Monday with stealing from the city. He was accused of stealing at least $500 but no more than $10,000 worth of city building materials between April 1 and Sept. 30, 2012. The new Marseilles police station was built around that time.

Hovious served as police chief since 1999.

He started his career with the Marseilles department in 1989. Hovious also served a stint about 20 years ago as Utica police chief.

Lt. Brian Faber was appointed acting chief when Hovious was placed on administrative leave.

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