Quick News: Maywood Park District, Police Department Swear-In New Personnel, Promote Experienced Hands, Tout Fresh Minds

By Michael Romain

Wednesday, MAYWOOD — At a regular meeting of the Village Board yesterday, Clerk Viola Mims swore-in Commander Elijah Willis as deputy chief of the Maywood Police Department. Willis fills a position that had been vacant since the removal of former Deputy Chief Brian Black, who was charged with obstruction of justice and felony disorderly conduct in November 2010. Last year, Black, 36, pleaded guilty to a single felony charge of obstruction for lying to law enforcement authorities about the incident.

“As Village manager, the appointment of Elijah as deputy chief was one of the easiest, most gratifying decisions I’ve had the opportunity to make as manager…[Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley] has selected the right person,” said Maywood Village Manager William Barlow. Officer Willis served a stint as acting police chief after former Police Chief Tim Curry retired last year. Officer Willis thanked the Mayor, the Board of Trustees and the citizens who entrusted him with the position. “I will do everything within my power….to continue moving this Village forward,” he said.

In addition to Deputy Chief Willis, Anfiny Eshoo was also sworn-in as a Maywood police officer.

Western Illinois University Interns At Work Improving the Police Department

After the swearing-in, during the public comments section, Chief Talley introduced two college interns, Ian Harris and Adam Dreger, who recently came aboard the department. Both are students at Western Illinois University in Macomb. Mr. Harris, a senior minoring in ethics, will be helping the police department develop an ethics program that would be designed to lower its liabilities. Mr. Dreger is assisting in the development of a volunteerism program and the re-implementation of the department’s Explorers program, among other duties.

The Park District Board Welcomes New Commissioner, Antonio Sanchez

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Commissioner Sanchez sworn-in by Board President Terrance Jones. (Photo courtesy of Trustee Michael Rogers).

At a special Maywood Park District commission meeting held today, Antonio Sanchez was sworn-in as the newest Park District commissioner. Mr. Sanchez, a former director of accounting for a software development firm, will replace Rev. Eliot Wimbush, who resigned from the Board last year. Mr. Sanchez is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he majored in economics and minored in finance and Spanish. He’s currently involved with running his family’s business, Mariella’s Banquets, Inc., located at 124 S. 5th Avenue in Maywood.

Mr. Sanchez, who grew up in Maywood and has deep family roots in the Village, moved back here in November. He was one of eight original candidates who had submitted applications to the Board following Rev. Wimbush’s resignation. Board President Terrance Jones said that of the eight, only six showed up for the interview process. Mr. Sanchez was among them.

“I pretty much grew up in Maywood,” he said. “I thought it was time to do something about the things happening here. Parks and recreations bring all of us together. We need to spruce this place up and move forward by utilizing the resources that we have at hand. And utilizing them to the best of our potential.” VFP

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