Worst City Management Ever
The latest example of how not to run a locality comes from the State of Illinois. The Village of Robbins, located in Cook County, decided to continue to pay their former police chief after his retirement in January of this year. Normally that might not be such a big deal, except the circumstances surrounding former police chief Johnny Holmes’ employment history and retirement are anything but normal. From CBS Chicago:
Former Robbins police Chief Johnny Holmes was charged with two DUIs in the past three years.
But Holmes continues to be paid by the village, and will be into next month, as part of a severance agreement.
Documents show that Holmes, who resigned in January after his second recent DUI, signed an agreement that calls for him to be paid $1,923 every two weeks through April 19.
OK, so the guy got a couple of DUIs, had to ‘retire’ and then somehow managed to get them to pay him for a few months after that? I don’t get it, but there’s got to be more to the story, right? Well, there is, and it gets even worse. Read this:
Before he retired in January, he ran a department for the majority of the time during which 51 untested rape kits sat for decades in an evidence room.
What? He let rape kits just sit in an evidence room without being tested? And he’s the police chief? Seriously? OK, maybe there’s an explanation for that as well. As long as that’s the only thing Cook County sheriff’s police, who were brought in to help Robbins, found we’re probably still OK. Too bad it wasn’t:
Cook County sheriff’s police — who now are assisting the Robbins police in various capacities — also found about 55 guns in a barrel that never were sent to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, where their original ownership was to be traced.
Huh? Dude just let guns chill in a barrel? And he’s the police chief? If you’re like me, you have to wondering where in the world they found this clown. I mean, there had to be something in his past employment that was a red flag, no one just become this incompetent. There had to be someone they could have called to see what kind of guy he was, right? There was. It was them:
Holmes actually had two stints as police chief since 1991, and things didn’t always go smoothly. He was fired in December 2003 due to “deficiencies in current police services and continuous complaints from citizens,” according to a letter from outgoing Mayor Irene Brodie.
But he was rehired as chief two years later with a $10,000 pay increase, boosting his annual salary to $50,000, according to village records.
So they hired a guy that they had already fired once for his inability to perform the job AND gave him a raise? Seriously? How does that even happen? Well, I think I think I have found a clue as to how:
Trustee and mayoral candidate Shantiel Simon said Holmes is being given the money because he does not have a state pension or any other retirement money coming to him through the state.
Simon said Holmes initially signed up for a retirement plan through the state, opted out, and the Robbins administration never signed him back up.
“We knew we had to let him go, but we thought about his family, and here’s a guy that’s about to walk away with nothing,” Simon said of the decision to pay Holmes.
Do what? You rehire a guy two years after you can him for incompetence and give him a raise. He then proceeds to get hammer time and go out driving twice, lets rape kits go untested, and allows guns that need analyzed to just hang out in a barrel. After all that, you decide to hand him about $15,000 because you felt bad he chose to opt out of the retirement plan and was about to ‘walk away with nothing?’
On what planet are these people living? What about the rape victims whose kits he let sit there? What about the folks who may have been victims of crimes involving those guns he didn’t bother to send for testing? What do they get?
Maybe instead of worrying about taking care of their now twice-fired drunk of a police chief, the people running Robbins should focus on fixing the gigantic mess this loser created and work on getting the justice owed to those his actions denied.