Despite DUI convictions, ex-deputy keeps job, could retire with full pension
BY BRIAN SLODYSKO Staff Reporter July 29, 2014 12:31AM
Updated: August 30, 2014 6:03AM
He’s had a revoked driver’s license for more than 20 years.
He’s been convicted twice of DUI.
And he’s facing trial for his third DUI — accused of driving drunk with his 14-year-old daughter in the car — in the same Skokie courthouse where he works for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.
He’s Alberto Aguirre, 57, a former Cook County sheriff’s deputy who has lost his power to make arrests and carry a gun.
What he hasn’t lost is his $70,500-a-year job. And he’s just 11 months shy of retirement. He’s now working a desk job for Dart’s office in the Skokie courthouse, where he goes to trial next month on charges of felony aggravated DUI, driving on a revoked license and endangering his daughter.
Depending on the outcome of that criminal case and two professional complaints against him, he could even retire with full pension benefits next year, Sheriff Tom Dart’s office has acknowledged.