Former Hillcrest football coach fired as dean
August 22, 2013 5:06PM
Updated: September 24, 2013 6:32AM
The Hillcrest High School football coach who was fired last month after being charged with drunken driving and possession of marijuana also was dismissed this week as a dean at the Country Club Hills school, according to a Bremen Community High School District 228 spokeswoman.
The District 228 board on Tuesday night voted 5 to 1 to fire Earnest Sutton, the spokeswoman said, after originally suspending him for a year last month.
Sutton was charged with DUI, possession of marijuana and improper parking in a roadway after Homewood police found him passed out in his car about 2:40 a.m. June 10 at 183rd Street and Kedzie Avenue, police said.
About 15 people spoke in support of Sutton at a July board meeting — one saying Sutton is “a legend in this community,” and Sutton apologized and asked the board to “give consideration to me as a whole person.” Afterward, the board fired him as coach and gave him a one-year suspension as dean.
Sutton, 46, of Flossmoor, had been Hillcrest’s football coach since 1999 was a dean there for four years.
Traffic and court records show that Sutton also was charged with DUI in Markham in 2000 and a year ago in Chicago Heights. The dispositions of those cases were not clear as of Thursday afternoon.