Local K-9 Officer Seeks Overtime Pay in Lawsuit Against Village of Tinley Park

A Tinley Park Police Department officer is suing the village, Triblocal reports.

A officer and K-9 handler is suing the village for overtime pay.

Triblocal reported Friday that Police K-9 Officer Bob Diorio filed a lawsuit Sept. 23 against the in order to collect money for the time he spends caring for the department's service animal, Thor.

He's seeking money—two to three years worth—for the time he spends with Thor outside of his regular work hours, according to the story, which should be paid at a time-and-a-half hourly rate.

“He spends an excessive amount of time outside his regular working hours caring for, feeding, grooming and transporting his service animal,” Diorio's attorney, David Stevens, told Triblocal.

The story indicates that Diorio's annual salary totals $83,096, along with an added $2,000 stipend for being the K-9 officer. His earns $39.95 per hour, Village Manager Scott Niehaus told Triblocal, and was reimbursed $1,472 last fiscal year for food and supplies he bought for the pooch.

Triblocal reports:

Niehaus said the village has not been formally served with the lawsuit and no internal grievances were previously filed by Diorio on the topic of overtime pay. “He did not approach us in what I would consider a traditional fashion,” he said.

The complaint will be sent to the village's insurance carrier once it's received to determine how to best move forward.

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Local Citizen October 01, 2011 at 04:05 AM
Joe, it doesn't matter if he's got 2 kids or 10, the dept or village reimburses him for whatever the dog needs. He had to put in a request to be a K9 officer, so he had to know the obligations that go with it. And he's got the benefit of having a highly trained guard dog in his home when he's not working.
thor October 01, 2011 at 04:06 AM
if he has problems (monitary) in his household and the dog is a burden he should of given him back to the township. there are alot of familes living in tinley making it on lessthan 83k per year and have a dog and a cat. also where is the law that states time and a half pay.
TPMom October 01, 2011 at 04:09 AM
Seriously? What family can't survive on 85K a year? Do you own a dog? I do, and manage to feed my family and my dog on much less. No dog requires 24 attention. So spare everyone your ridiculous defence on how he has a family "two" support. I hope T.P. does not settle. Fight this greedy idiot! Have fun going to work now officer ...I'm sure you have the respect of your fellow brothers.
Julie Shaunnessey October 01, 2011 at 05:49 AM
I find it hard to believe that he is not getting paid what is due to him. Tinley Park runs a pretty tight ship and I cannot believe they would not pay this officer what he deserves. I'm sure he had to agree and sign off to taking this beautiful animal as his own and I'm sure there were stipulations stated. I hope they find an officer who will take Thor as his own and not something he or she has to take care off! I love every animal I own and I also know there are people who would do anything for a buck. Maybe this officer made a bad decision?I hope this leads to A pleasant outcome for all parties involved!
Patricia October 01, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Fire his greediness...83K???? Give someone the job who loves the dog and knows this is part of it!!
Local Citizen October 01, 2011 at 02:57 PM
This is quoted from a CBS news report: "Patrick O’Connor, president of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, said at least 300 cops have been laid off statewide — and that’s the tip of the iceberg because many departments have eliminated positions and haven’t filled vacancies. O’Connor said suburbs have cut services in other areas and now they’ve moved to public safety, once considered a “sacred cow. I’ve never seen this in my life,” he said." Still having a job, and a very good paying job at that is not enough for this cop? And then the greedy pig (sorry, but it is oh so appropriate in this case) has to file a lawsuit without trying to talk to the village first? Seems like all he's concerned about is his pocketbook. Not the kind of cop I'd want patrolling my streets. I hope Tinley has the stones to say good bye to Officer Oink. Please keep Thor, he looks so awesome. It's not his fault his handler is a moron.
So There October 01, 2011 at 04:29 PM
It should be an honor for him to take care of this dog. He should be treated as a member of his family and with love and respect. This dog would give his life to protect him and apprehend a dangerous criminal and all he's worried about is money. How sad. I wish I were making 83K a year.
Stephen C. Lingle October 02, 2011 at 12:44 AM
The new Chief of police needs to do an evaluation of everyone, and if any of our local leaders get involved it needs to hit all the news outlets. Tinley is a nice town and we need to reward the good employees and get rid of the bad ones.
Jack Steen October 02, 2011 at 05:10 PM
Why is this bloated grifter still on active duty ? Why has nothing been done about the strong-arming he does to the 7-11 clerks on 171st Street, thinking that they should provide him with snacks gratis to keep his fat frame straining his shirt buttons ? He doesn't need a raise - he needs a NEW JOB.
John Smith October 04, 2011 at 04:26 AM
You people are impossible to make happy; its federal labor law to be compensated for at home care of a police canine. Don't like it? Don't collect Workman's comp! Oh, you like that analogy. So when its the police that are due something that they are federally entitled to, we just "suck" or are "greedy", but when joe citizen sues for 5 mil because someone hurt his feelings at work its o.k. Im glad I read these comments about police, it just makes your excuses as to why you were speeding even more less relevant.........here's your ticket, press hard.......Oh, I forgot, that's what you want me to say and act.......Society and Police are just like racism, its never going to end. Only difference is, I can sit and answer my calls, I can not care, not write tickets, not put forth the extra effort. I don't suffer, you do............sitting on my rear and answering my calls keeps me from getting hurt, getting sued and getting killed. I'm glad you guys have made this decision so easy for me, I once was a hard charger and soon learned that society will do nothing but kick you when you are down. Thank you!!!!!! Oh, and your "well cops made me this way" excuse wont cut it, because I can easily say "society made me this way". I see the way you snicker when I get a cup of coffee at DD on mids, the comments under your breath when I order lunch (and yes, I take care of myself and pride in my appearance) and the things you do to my parked squad car. What came first, the chicken or the egg.....
John Smith October 04, 2011 at 04:33 AM
Your right, he did, and the village knew what he was LEGALLY entitled to. He trained on his own time, cared for his dog on his own time and the village blindly denied him what he was LEGALLY entitled to. How about I show up at your job and tell you "hey we are supposed to pay you, but we are not going to". You would be outraged, but its ok, its just the police. Write the bad guy a ticket, but when im the bad guy give me a break.............
John Smith October 04, 2011 at 04:38 AM
And its not Thor's fault that the majority of Tinley's residents are stuck up overpaid white collar's..........extra crispy on the bacon please, ill be right behind the FD, driving nice and slow when your house is on fire...........don't worry, ill block the intersection or some other bs like that, I couldn't hear that you were screaming that your kid was still inside your house and needed saving over the sirens.........Thor looks awesome because of his handler, and if his looks were a direction reflection of society, it would look like something that came out of his posterior..........
Jack Steen October 04, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Where did you go to school ? Not St. George, that's for sure !
mr.joe October 06, 2011 at 01:46 AM
not ONE person on this forum knows the REAL reason why this officer is suing the village. when it comes out in court everyone on this site will say WOW. just wait for the jury to vote this guy some BIG bucks.
A Citizen October 06, 2011 at 04:40 PM
Nice way to paint everyone with the same brush TP Resident.
Local Citizen October 06, 2011 at 05:21 PM
mr.joe, most of the comments, mine incuded are based on the information provided in the article. I guess we're all guilty if we don't have all the facts. But your cryptic message about "the REAL reason" does nothing to help. His lawyer says it's to care for and groom the dog. Diorio refused to answer questions and said talk to his lawyer. So if you know the REAL reason, why not enlighten the rest of us? And as for John Smith, you sir are an ignorant embarassment to whatever dept and community you serve. To tell the world that you would intentionally put lives in peril because you're mad at the "stuck up overpaid white collar's" should be reason for your superiors to consider a psych evaluation for you. Those overpaid folks are paying you a very generous salary. If it's so bad there and you hate it so much, why not try a different department? Try Chicago and ask to patrol an area like Englewood or Roseland. Ah...but then you couldn't sit on your rear and just write tickets. You'd be too busy dodging bullets. You say society is a reflection of what comes out of the posterior of the dog. You need to take a very long look in a mirror. Because you wear a badge does not make you any better than anyone else. Yes, you have a noble job, but the title doesn't make you noble. You're attitude is disgusting. I really admire our first responders, but it's the ones like you who give the whole bunch a bad name and reputation.
4th wright October 06, 2011 at 07:48 PM
I'll bet I know. I read "Merchant of Venice".
4th wright October 06, 2011 at 08:06 PM
Smith - Grow some skin. You let some people submitting their opinions in a blog fire you up? What are you like on the street? And if you are going threaten to stop doing your job because someone hurt your feelings here, do us all a favor and go back to college or whatever else you did before someone pinned a star on you. Take all the time you need getting to my house in an emergency. I've been doing your job for 38 years. I will hold down my own fort until someone with a better idea of honor and duty shows up. In all my time I have only heard rookies say some of the things you wrote, and thankfully there was usually a wiser officer within earshot to set him straight. So I will appoint myself to that task. Your job exists for the sole purpose of helping society as a whole, whether it be law enforcement or policing (they are not synonymous). It's not about tickets, it's not about arrests.It's not about praise or glory, there are neither in real law enforcement. It's about doing the right things at the right times for the right reasons and learning to accept that the best things you do will probably never get noticed. And doing it that way for decades. You do that, and the numbers will always take care of themselves. Someday, given enough salt, you might realize that. In the mean time, stay safe.
mr.joe October 06, 2011 at 10:28 PM
everyone needs to go to ---tinleysparks.com---read all the blogs. its a very interesting web site that speaks nothing but the truth..
Local Citizen October 07, 2011 at 12:16 AM
Nothing but the truth? Like anything else, I doubt it's 100% true or accurate.
mr.joe October 07, 2011 at 12:43 AM
all the information is foi so it has to be accurate.
thor October 07, 2011 at 02:55 AM
what about thor? can the township residents who have to pay the bill also have the luxury of a fully trained police dog taking care of our family? while getting paid.
4th wright October 07, 2011 at 01:18 PM
Well actually, it doesn't have to be accurate. Ever heard of "garbage in, garbage out"?
Local Citizen October 07, 2011 at 02:38 PM
TP Resident, A Citizen is correct. You are blaming an entire department for the actions of a few. What police department, fire department, city, village or even business does not have employees who are an embarassment to them. Orland has their fire dept scandal, and they won't even say what led to basically a settlement with 2 high ranking officers. They got off with early retirement and their pensions. If I went into the Chicago PD, well we all know about Burge and the Elite Unit, etc. From what I've read, all of the incidents in Tinley happened when the officers were off duty. Like any employer, they are not responsible for what their employees do when not on the job. I'm sure Tinley, Chicago Orland and every other town has employees that they are proud of. Read the comments by 4th Wright. He sounds like a cop any town would be estatic to have.
Local Citizen October 07, 2011 at 02:42 PM
4th Wright, thank you for reminding those of us who respect law enforcement and our other first responders, why we respect the uniform. I hope your dept and town know they have an exemplary employee watching out for them
Joe Worker October 12, 2011 at 04:09 PM
As a dog handler in a nearby police department, I agree it is an honor to be entrusted with the duty to train, maintain, and use you K9 partner. However we are talking about Federal Labor Law, the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) specifically. Now if you disagree with that law, you can also throw out the mandatory minimum wage, workplace safety, short and long term disability, maternity leave, the 40 hour workweek, age restrictions on workers to prevent child labor, and yes overtime for hours worked over your 40 hours a week. Agree or disagree, the village of Tinley Park has been violating the FLSA for over 15 years in this regard and they will have to pay what is OWED to their worker.
Jack Steen October 29, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Christine Moscinski December 01, 2011 at 07:24 PM
TO: Mr. Joe why would anyone want to POST INNACCURATE INFORMATION! Delete the article if it's wrong or innacurate or POST FACTUAL INFORMATION to support it.
J Steen December 11, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Please don't tell me that this porker is still dirtying the streets of TP and getting a paycheck for bothering 7-11 clerks and glutting on donuts and continuing his suit against the Village ?!
Russ December 12, 2011 at 05:43 AM
Joe w. if the officer was on duty with that dog ,more than a 40 hour work week, then that would be considered ot .I don't think agreeing to care for the animal would be considered to be on duty. Just guessing. If it was,the only way around that would be to have the dog in a kennel when the officer wasn't using him.


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