New Alorton police chief hopes to change culture of corruption

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 8 at 6:40 PM

ALORTON (KMOV.com) - The village of Alorton has hired a new police chief. 

The former Alorton police officer will be facing an uphill battle in his new position. A federal prosecutor once called Alorton one of the most corrupt towns in the country.

Tony Tomlinson knows he must confront a culture of corruption that has seen mayors, police chiefs and other government officials go to prison for crimes they committed while in office.

He’s only been on the job two days, but Tomlinson says the department is already working hard to push forgotten cases to prosecutors.  For years, one of the biggest complaints about the Alorton Police Department is that corrupt village politicians and police officers killed criminal cases, even ones that had physical evidence and witnesses.

"We're trying to cleanup some cases where there are some victims that expect something to be done by the police department" said Tomlinson.

In previous interviews with News 4, the former Mayor Randy McCallum denied killing criminal cases, but other witnesses, including government informant Anthony Leflore, told News 4 McCallum behaved like the mafia boss of the village and that he repeatedly influenced cases.

McCallum and former police Chief Michael Baxton were prosecuted and sent to prison. Tomlinson hopes the new village administration will avoid the culture of corruption that has plagued Alorton for decades.

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