By Kate Thayer
1:18 PM CDT, April 1, 2013
A federal judge dismissed last week a former Elgin police lieutenant's lawsuit against the city and other officials over his departure from the department.
Greg Welter, who retired in 2010 after 29 years with the Elgin Police Department, claimed he was forced out due to the aftermath of an affair between his estranged wife – a fellow officer – and the former deputy chief.
Welter filed suit last summer against the city, Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda, City Manager Sean Stegall, Corporation Counsel William Cogley, and James Barnes, a professional standards officer for the department.
On March 29, U.S. District Judge Robert M. Dow, Jr., dismissed the suit.
In the lawsuit, Welter claimed he was forced to retire early after an affair between his estranged wife, Tamara Welter, and former Deputy Chief Robert Beeter was made public. Both were suspended following the affair and Beeter has since been laid off, according to city officials.
Welter claimed the pair anonymously tipped the city to e-mails they found after hacking into his personal account. The e-mails revealed Welter and his business partner at Wasco Investment were using Welter's access as a police officer to obtain information on vehicles from Aurora police.
That caused Swoboda to begin an official misconduct investigation into Welter. Although Welter claimed he was forced to retire with threats of a criminal investigation, Dow's ruling agrees with the city's claims that Welter just was offered the opportunity to retire. Swoboda had already notified authorities of the official misconduct complaint, according to the judge's ruling.
Welter's attorney Charles Mudd declined comment Monday. City officials again maintained Monday they acted lawfully in the matter.
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