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Robbins police chief who retired after two DUIs still getting paid

Johnny Lewis Holmes said Monday night thhe had retired as police chief Robbins last week.  | Supplied photo

Johnny Lewis Holmes said Monday night that he had retired as police chief of Robbins last week. | Supplied photo

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Updated: March 23, 2013 7:33PM

Former Robbins police Chief Johnny Holmes — who retired in January after being charged with his second DUI in the past three years — is continuing to be paid by the south suburban government into next month, records show.

Village officials say they agreed to pay Holmes $1,923 every two weeks through April 19 because he doesn’t have a state pension

Village Trustee Shantiel Simon said Holmes initially signed up for a retirement plan through the state, then opted out, and the Robbins village administration never signed him back up.

“We knew we had to let him go, but we thought about his family, and here’s a guy that’s about to walk away with nothing,” Simon said.

Holmes, who is also a member of the Community High School District 218 Board, was arrested in Midlothian in December for driving drunk. The police said he was so disoriented after being pulled over that he thought he was still in neighboring Posen.

According to court records, Holmes was sentenced to court supervision and paid more than $1,000 in fees for the 2010 DUI.

Records show Holmes was put on paid leave from March through May 2010 while the village administration investigated the DUI, but he kept his job. In May 2010, he was ordered to turn in the keys he had for any village-owned vehicles.

Holmes had two stints as police chief since 1991. He was fired in December 2003 for “deficiencies in current police services and continuous complaints from citizens,” according to a letter from outgoing Mayor Irene Brodie.

He was rehired as chief two years later with a $10,000 pay increase, boosting his pay to $50,000, according to village records.

The Cook County sheriff’s police — who are now aiding the Robbins department — said last month they discovered 51 untested rape kits sitting in an evidence room, some dating to 1981. They also found 55 guns in a barrel that never were sent to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, where their original ownership was to be traced.

Holmes did not respond to messages seeking comment.

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