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Ex-Elgin cop Beeter now police chief in Stockton, Ill.


Updated: August 12, 2012 6:40AM

Former Deputy Elgin Police Chief Bob Beeter has landed on his feet to become police chief of the village of Stockton in northwestern Illinois.

Beeter was chosen to become chief in the village of 1,900 people, located between Freeport and Galena, in June.

In March, Beeter also had applied to become police chief in Carpentersville before being beaten out for that post by former Streamwood chief Alan Popp. Carpentersville Village President Ed Ritter confirmed that Beeter had been one of 40 applicants for the job, and Elgin sources said Beeter had been one of the finalists. But Ritter declined to say how high Better had finished in the competition.

Beeter had been with the Elgin department from 1993 to 2012, finishing as one of three deputy chiefs. In late January, he took an early retirement from Elgin during a period in which the department was being pressured to cut back its spending and size.

In 2010, Beeter and a female Elgin officer, Sgt. Tamara Welter, each received 30-day suspensions without pay for failing to disclose they were engaged in an extra-marital affair with one another while Welter’s husband, Lt. Greg Welter, also worked for the department.

Greg Welter and a business partner now are suing Beeter and Tamara Welter in federal court, accusing them of hacking into emails exchanged between the Welters. According to the lawsuit, reading those emails led to Greg Welter resigning from the Elgin police force in August 2010 rather than face an investigation into some unspecified wrongdoing that reportedly was revealed in the emails. The suit claims Tamara Welter also used financial information from the emails in what it calls “other litigation,” possibly a reference to a divorce case going on between the Welters in Kane County court.

Tamara Welter remains a sergeant on the Elgin force.

Beeter could not be reached for comment.

A reporter for the Journal-Standard newspaper in Freeport quoted Beeter as saying that the lawsuit had no influence on his decision to move to Stockton. “That’s just a disgruntled former employee who is suing everyone and their brother,” Beeter told the reporter, referring to the husband of the employee with whom he allegedly had an affair.

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