Wife of police chief hired as cop
By Casey Toner Sun-Times Media November 30, 2013 12:48AM
Robbins Mayor Tyrone Ward (at podium) discusses the untested rape kits found in the Robbins Police Department. | Casey Toner/Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 1, 2014 6:18AM
The wife of Robbins’ acting police chief was hired this summer as a part-time police officer despite failing to complete required training at the state’s police academy, according to state records.
Quanda Dubose, 43, became a part-time Robbins officer in August despite not completing basic training for part-time officers in 2011, according to the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. State law prohibits anyone who has not finished the training from working as a part-time officer anywhere in Illinois.
Dubose is the wife of acting Chief Hashi Jaco, 41, and was granted leave from the department Sept. 24 by Mel Davis, Robbins’ previous police chief, so she could enroll in the academy for full-time officers, according to the state training board’s records.
Davis, who was fired as chief in late November, said Dubose continued working for Robbins police despite the separation notice but now has been dismissed from the force.
A police department clerk who answered the phone Friday said Dubose no longer works for the department.
Dubose hung up the phone when contacted Friday for comment about her status and her police academy record.
Dubose’s hiring by Robbins police is the latest in a series of controversial moves this year by police officials, which has led Cook County sheriff’s police to increase their assistance to the beleaguered department.
In January, Robbins officials invited sheriff’s police to help them with murder investigations, which resulted in sheriff’s police discovering about 200 untested rape kits, some dating to 1986, in the Robbins police evidence room. Former Police Chief Johnny Holmes also resigned that month after being charged with drunken driving for the second time in three years. Sheriff’s police also began doing some patrols in Robbins.
After being elected mayor in April, Tyrone Ward brought in a new team of police administrators, including Davis as chief and Jaco as deputy chief. Davis hired Capt. Douglas J. Smith in August to head internal affairs.
But the reform effort has derailed with the SouthtownStar revealing recently that Smith’s impressive resume was an apparent fraud. Three major police agencies in Los Angeles, New Jersey and Georgia that he listed as employers on his resume reported that he had never worked for them, according to records.
Smith quit last month after the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board threatened to pursue criminal charges against him for impersonating a police officer and unlawful use of a weapon. Smith carried a gun during his three months as a Robbins police captain, even though he did not complete mandatory firearm training as required under state law.
In the fallout over the hiring of Smith, Davis was fired as chief on Nov. 20, with Jaco being appointed as acting chief.
Robbins is not the first police department where Davis, Jaco and Dubose have worked together. Records show Dubose and Jaco were part-time officers in nearby Phoenix under Davis, then Phoenix’s police chief. Jaco was hired there in July, 2009 and DuBose in December, 2010, and Dubose worked in Phoenix for about a year until she was fired because she “did not pass academy,” according to records.
Nevertheless, Davis hired Dubose as a Robbins part-time officer in August, about a week after Smith was hired. Davis told the SouthtownStar Friday that Dubose was a “political hire.” He said he denied Jaco’s request to hire her but later did so after someone in village hall ordered him to. Davis declined to say who that was.
Meanwhile, Jaco has been accused of domestic battery by two former wives, though he was not convicted, according to court records. One ex-wife alleged that he hit her in the face and head in February 2010 in Hammond. He was never charged, but the woman was granted multiple orders of protection against Jaco, Lake County, Ind., court records show.
They indicate that under terms of one order, Jaco was ordered to surrender all firearms to the Dolton Police Department where he worked as a part-time police officer.
A Dolton police document shows that when Jaco applied in 1998 for that part-time job that he had been arrested twice and charged with domestic battery against a different ex-wife in 1994. The woman later dropped the charges in court, according to the document.
Jaco says his past legal run-ins involving his ex-wives have nothing to do with his leadership inside the Robbins police department.
‘I’m the deputy chief doing my job and I don’t know why all my personal information should be printed in the newspaper,” Jaco said, before being named acting chief. “What happened in my past has no indication of what I did with the department as deputy chief.”
In an earlier interview, Jaco told the SouthtownStar the protection orders were the result of court procedure rather than any actual incident. Jaco said he had all the prior paperwork involving the domestic altercations in Cook County expunged, because he said they were “false charges.”
“That’s why she was my ex-wife,” Jaco said, claiming that she had a “pattern,” of filing dubious claims against him.