Sauk Village Police Chief Back On The Job After Lockout

SAUK VILLAGE, Ill. (CBS) — The Sauk Village police chief is back on the job, after he was literally locked out of his own office.

On Monday, two Sauk Village trustees showed up at the police station and told Chief Robert Fox he was no longer in charge and had to go.

A heated exchange followed, the SouthtownStar reports. The trustees – Derrick Burgess and David Hanks – ordered Fox to leave. Fox said only the mayor had the authority to issue such an order.

Burgess pressed the matter, saying, “You’re not God.”

The trustees asked police officers to remove Fox, but they did not respond.

Fox, according to the paper, went to lunch. When he returned, the locks had been changed.

It is all the result of a power struggle between Mayor Lewis Towers and the village board. Towers appointed Fox without board approval, and the board responded by passing a law placing a limit on the mayor’s appointment powers.

The board never approved a salary or contract for Fox, either, and after a $4,600 check was issued to Fox last month at the mayor’s request, the board put Treasurer Genorise Carmichael and village manager Henrietta Turner on paid administrative leave for a week for paying him.

On Tuesday afternoon, Fox returned to the job after a Cook County judge sided with Mayor Towers in a lawsuit about appointment powers.

Fox has been working without a contract or salary for two months, but now, he expects to be paid fairly soon.

The SouthtownStar contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire.

  • Afro

    Arrest the two trustees for Obstructing the duties of a peace officer

  • Afro

    I don’t live in Sauk V but if I did I think I would be raising hell about valuable tax dollars being waisted in courts over piddly bull sh!t It’s good that the board and Mayor don’t get along, look what Rahm and his yes men are doing to Chicago. When they are all buddies then you have problems. None of them have the cities best interest in mind just remember that, they are all power grabbing, money mongering, POS or they wouldn’t be seeking the position in the first place.

  • Jim

    Get rid of the overpaid chief that ruined the budget that was balanced. Recall Mayor Towers, he has done more harm than good, starting with his firing of all the code enforcement, crossing guards, and animal control when he took office.

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