CAMP POINT, Ill. -- The village of Camp Point has authorized negotiations for the sale of its K9 unit, Poseidon.
In a special meeting of the village board Wednesday, an ordinance was passed granting authority to Brad O'Dear to negotiate the sale with Patterson and any other interested parties and then report back to the board for a final decision.
The dog's former handler, Steve Patterson, said he has yet to hear from the village, but he is hopeful about the measure.
"It's a step in the right direction," Patterson said. "I'm hoping they will get in contact with me today, we can make the deal and move on."
Patterson abruptly resigned as police chief three weeks ago. Shortly after, the village retrieved Poseidon from his Quincy home.
Village Attorney Barney Bier said the K9 was recently examined by law enforcement personnel and found to be overweight, lethargic, easily distracted and submissive.
"He treated it as a pet," Bier said, "but it is salvageable."
Bier said the village has been attempting to communicate with Patterson but has been unable to do so. Camp Point Mayor Jerry Gunn told The Herald-Whig's news-gathering partners at WGEM that he is ready to move past the measure.
Patterson worked with the Camp Point Police Department for four years, and Poseidon lived with the Patterson family in Quincy for more than a year. Illinois law requires that police officers be given the first opportunity to adopt their police dogs that are retiring to allow them to remain with the officers' families, but it doesn't address what happens when an officer leaves.
Patterson said he has offered to pay full price for Poseidon. Patterson said the village used $4,250 of donated funds to pay for the K-9 unit. Patterson said he also offered other funding to the village connected with the acquisition and training of a replacement for Poseidon.