Updated: September 12, 2013 6:47AM
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 police.
Robert Fox said he received a letter from Mayor Dorothy Armstrong that says “there was a breakdown in communication and we’re going in a different direction.”
Fox said he doesn’t regret asking for stopgap assistance on patrols from sheriff’s police after two of his officers walked off the midnight shift early Sunday to protest job conditions.
Armstrong was not available for comment.
“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 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 employees, in addition to the return of the two officers who walked off the job, allowed the sheriff’s police to end their temporary patrols.