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Dixmoor police chief fired after calling in county sheriff to help

Robert Fox (pictured 2012)  said he was fired as Dixmoor's police chief Thursday because Mayor Dorothy Armstrong disagreed with

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

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The police chief of south suburban Dixmoor was fired Thursday, after the town’s mayor said he “embarrassed” her when he called the Cook County Sheriff’s office to help with a police staffing shortage last week, a law enforcement source said Friday.

Mayor Dorothy Armstrong told Police Chief Robert Fox in a phone call that his services were no longer needed, the source said.

Fox called the sheriff’s office after two Dixmoor police officers walked off the job on the midnight shift early Sunday to protest their work conditions, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said earlier this week. The sheriff’s office responded by dispatching a sheriff’s sergeant and three sheriff’s officers to patrol Dixmoor on the midnight shift.

Dixmoor has five full-time cops and four part-time officers to patrol the impoverished town of about 4,000 people.

But on Thursday, Armstrong called the sheriff’s office and asked the agency to removed their officers, the source said.

Neither Armstrong nor Fox could immediately be reached for comment Friday.



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