Board trustee: Dixmoor police chief out

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24 hours after the Dixmoor village board held a special meeting to add police officers to its force, the man in charge of that department, Chief Robert Fox could be out of a job just over three months after taking over the position.

Dixmoor Board Trustee Michael Smith says he received a call from Chief Fox around 4 this afternoon telling him he had been removed from his position.

The Dixmoor Police Dept has been in the news this week after two officers walked off their midnight shifts this past weekend in protest of working conditions. The Cook County Sheriff’s Dept came in to help cover.  Just last night trustees held a special meeting and agreed to hire three additional part time officers  who started with the department today.

Smith says at no time during the meeting last night or this week did Mayor Dorothy Armstrong mention her displeasure with Chief Fox’s work.

He says the termination is personal and is a sign of the bigger problems facing the town of Dixmoore.

WGN was not able to get in touch with Mayor Armstrong tonight or Chief Fox for comment.  His termination is not locked in just yet. It still has to be accepted by the village board.  Smith says he hopes to have another special meeting to discuss it as early as tomorrow night.

He says he would like to see Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart come in as an inspector general, as he has in some other troubled communities, and get Dixmoor back on the right track.

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