Calumet faced with losing its police force

Graham Jaehnig /Daily Mining Gazette Calumet Police Chief Keith Anderson has resigned his position, effective May 27. However, in a discussion during the May regular Village Council meeting, he said he is open to working for the village on a part-time basis.

CALUMET — The village is, at least for the time being, is without a police department, as both officers submitted their resignations earlier this month.

Officer Blake Frantti submitted his letter of resignation to Police Chief Keith Anderson on May 10, in which he stated he had learned a lot of invaluable experiences while working for the village, but did not state if he had found employment elsewhere. There are stories to that effect, but have not been verified by the Daily Mining Gazette.

Anderson submitted his resignation three days later, on May 13, in which he stated his last day of employment as May, 27.

“I am deeply grateful for the opportunities you have all provided me in my time as Police Chief,” he stated in his letter.

Neither officer stated their reason or reasons, for their resignations.

In a subsequent interview, Anderson declined a request for details, but wanted it stated there was no animosity or politics involved his decision.

“There was none of that,” he said. “I just received an offer of another opportunity.”

At the regular May meeting, Anderson told the village council he would be happy to assist the village as it seeks a replacement officer, and then assist that person in settling in.

Geisler brought up the possibility of Anderson patrolling the village during upcoming summer events such as the Fireman’s Tournament and Dam Jam.

“I would consider anything at this point,” Anderson said. “If you want me to come in and help the new guy process, I’m more than happy to do that. Just anything on a part-time basis, obviously there would have to be something figured out.”

He said it does bring up a conversation, however, because there are still pending cases in which his presence will be required in court, adding that he would be happy to assist in managing the department until a new officer could be brought in. He said he would prefer that to the office being accessed by a “civilian.”

During the interview, Anderson said that he loves Calumet; it is his home, and he will not leave it abandoned.