Quick News: Police Department Welcomes New Chief, Sergeant and Four New Hires, Honors Retiree; Board Appointments Delayed

By Michael Romain

Maywood Police Department New Hires, Promotions, Retirements

At a December 17, 2013, Board meeting, Village Clerk Viola Mims facilitated the swearing-in of Maywood newest police chief, Valdimir “Val” Talley. Mr. Talley, a former Illinois State Police officer and graduate of the prestigious FBI Academy, was accompanied by his two children and extended family members.

“One of the things that drew me to Maywood was that I had extended family here,” Talley said, before acknowledging his two nieces and uncle.”I’m real happy to be in this community. I plan to move here […] You’re going to see me a lot. It’s my promise that all of us will serve you to the best of our abilities.”

In addition to Talley, new officers Edwin Reyes, Darrell McDonald, Benjamin Martinez and Robert Dolan, were also sworn-in. Their ages ranged from 24 to 32. Maywood police officer Tracy Branch was sworn-in as a sergeant. It would seem that retiring Sergeant Chris Brown has enough talent to replace him. Sgt. Brown was presented with a plaque from the Village of Maywood by Trustee Audrey Jaycox and Mayor Edwenna Perkins as an appreciation for his more than 30 years of service.

Appointments Delayed Due to Insufficient Information

Despite being in office for more than five months, Mayor Perkins has yet to fill a slew of vacancies to the Village’s array of commissions, some of which the Village is bound by municipal law to fill. Some months ago, the Mayor caused quite a stir by sending out a letter to each sitting commissioner suggesting that he or she resign and reapply for the position by providing requisite personal information. The Mayor insisted that she pursued this approach in an effort to adequately update an outdated and inaccurate listing of commissioners bequeathed to her by the previous administration.

However, the Mayor’s slash and burn approach to renewing the commissioners’ listing has been met by widespread resident dissatisfaction with the method and frequent complaints by trustees regarding a general lack of information about the people the Mayor has selected to be considered for Board approval.

“We as a Board would like to know something about these candidates,” said Trustee Ron Rivers over the phone during a December 17, 2013, Board meeting. Trustee Melvin Lightford said that he was getting the list of the Mayor’s personnel recommendations  for the first time at the meeting.

“The only one I know is Dorothy Lane,” he said, referring to the longtime Maywood resident and member of the Village’s Water Review Commission.

“We can’t make a decision off of something given to us right now. It will happen, just not today,” said Trustee Toni Dorris. The Board voted 5-2 to table the matter of commission appointments until future consideration. Mayor Perkins and Trustee Cheryl Ealey-Cross voted ‘Nay’. VFP

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