Oak Brook Police Panel Puts Off Vote on Peterson's Son
Oak Brook's Fire and Police Board has decided to wait 23 days before deciding whether to fire Drew Peterson's son.
Stephen Peterson, son of former Bolingbrook Police Officer Drew Peterson, will have to wait another 23 days to find out whether he will lose his job as an Oak Brook police officer. Suspended with pay since August, Stephen Peterson will continue to get paid while he waits.
Three members of Oak Brook's Fire and Police Board will meet Monday night as scheduled, but will only deliberate behind closed doors without announcing their decision, as they had said they would last month.
Village Manager David Niemeyer said he did not know the reason for the delay.
"They're just not making a decision tonight," Niemeyer said. "I'm not privy to what their deliberations are."
Stephen Peterson is on the hot seat for hiding three of his infamous father's firearms while the state police executed a search warrant on Drew Peterson's house in Nov. 2007, neglecting to disclose that his father gave him more than $230,000 during the state's investigation, and for failing to keep an internal investigation confidential.
Whether Stephen Peterson loses his job or not, he is in less trouble than his father, Drew Peterson, who has been jailed since May 2009 while he waits to go to trial on charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
Drew Peterson is also the state police's sole suspect in the investigation of the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, who went missing in October of 2007.
While the state police have publicly named Drew Peterson as their only suspect and announced that they believe Stacy was possibly the victim of foul play, they have brought no criminal charges in connection with her disappearance.
In the days after Stacy vanished in Oct. 2007, Drew Peterson brought the three guns that may cost Stephen Peterson his job to his son's North Aurora home just before the state police executed a search warrant on Drew Peterson's own home.
During the search, Drew Peterson told the state police he had brought the guns to his son's house. Afterwards, Stephen Peterson surrendered the three weapons to authorities.
The fire and police board now says it will announce its decision regarding whether Stephen Peterson will continue to be a part of the Oak Brook Police Department on Feb. 2.
Oak Brook Police Chief Thomas Sheahan has accused Stephen Peterson of potentially hindering the state police's investigation into Stacy Peterson's disappearance, and said the suspended patrol officer should have known better.