Dixmoor police chief says he was fired for calling in help from sheriff
Sun-Times Staff Report August 8, 2013 11:44PM
Robert Fox (pictured in 2012) said he was fired as Dixmoor's police chief Thursday because Mayor Dorothy Armstrong disagreed with his decision to supplement his depleted force with Cook County Sheriff’s officers. | Sun-Times files
Updated: August 9, 2013 6:42PM
Dixmoor’s police chief said he was fired Thursday because the mayor disagreed with his decision to supplement his depleted force with Cook County Sheriff’s officers.
Robert Fox said he received a letter from Dixmoor Mayor Dorothy Armstrong saying “there was a breakdown in communication and we’re going in a different direction.”
Fox says he doesn’t regret asking for stopgap assistance from Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart after two of his officers walked off the midnight shift early Sunday to protest job conditions.
Fox said Armstrong disagreed with his request for help. Armstrong was not available for comment late Thursday.
“What can I do?” Fox said. “It’s my job to make sure the citizens are protected. I notified the mayor before I did it. I’m a little perplexed. I was between a rock and a hard place.”
Fox was fired a day after Dixmoor village trustees voted to hire three part-time police officers. Dixmoor, which has about 4,000 residents, will now have a police force of nine full-time and seven part-time officers. Trustees also voted to hire three part-time dispatchers.
The new hires, in addition to the return of the two officers who walked off the job, allowed the sheriff’s police to end their temporary patrols.