Friday, April 25, 2014 || By Michael Romain
Resident Voices Concern That Calls To Police Are Not Confidential
Wednesday, MAYWOOD — At a Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting on Wednesday, April 23, Maywood resident Gloria Clay had a question that residents here have been asking for a long time.
“Is it protocol for police to tell people who sent them and who made the call?” she asked, referring to calls made by residents to report gang, drug and other illicit activity. She said that if the practice is, in fact, happening it would be “putting people’s lives in jeopardy.”
In his response, Maywood police chief Valdimir Talley was adamant that this is not standard practice, but he revealed what may be a more troubling reality.
“No it’s not a normal process … it’s not protocol … Maybe in the past that’s happened, I don’t think it’s happening now … If anyone is aware of that tell me about it–file a complaint form and I’ll do something about it,” he said, before also noting that what residents may be mistaking for police malpractice is likely attributable to a technological limitation–criminals may have access to police radio frequencies.
“Once we get an encrypted radio frequency, then people [won’t be able to] hear our conversations…People can hear the calls that go out on the radio,” Chief Talley said.
The Chief noted that the new encrypted technology would cost approximately $500,000. In the meantime, he directed residents to a confidential tip line that should ensure that their complaints remain anonymous.
“It goes into a system,” the Chief said. “[Community Relations] Officer [Pirsia] Allen can log it into a book and no one [outside of the police department] is aware of … that information.”
The number is (708) 450-1787. Dial 911 for emergencies. For non-emergencies dial (708) 450-4471.
Interim Village Manager Ken Lopez’s Resignation Effective April 29, 2014
Assistant Village Manager David Myers has confirmed that Interim Village Manager Ken Lopez has submitted his letter of resignation and will be leaving on April 29th.
Mr. Lopez, 51, had been in the position for less than a month. According to an April 15, report published by Journal & Topics, Mr. Lopez was hired as the city administrator for Prospect Heights, Illinois on Monday, April 14. Maywood’s interim manager position had been held by Assistant Village Manager David Myers since former manager William Barlow resigned in January of this year. Mr. Myers was hired as assistant village manager late last year.
In the Journal & Topics article, Mr. Lopez said that he was attracted to Prospect Heights because of “its small town charm and the development and infrastructure projects already being planned.”
Although it’s expected that Mr. Meyers will step into the interim village manager role once Mr. Lopez leaves, there’s been no word yet on whether the Board will begin searching for another interim candidate.
More as this story develops.
Maywood Park District Commissioner Bill Hampton Serves As Grand Marshal For Harold Washington Birthday Parade
William “Bill” Hampton, a Maywood Park District Commissioner and brother to late civil rights icon Fred Hampton, was tapped to serve as the Grand Marshal in a parade commemorating the birthday of Harold Washington, Chicago’s first black mayor. The event was held on April 15, 2014.
“”In my opinion, the first budget is the rough draft. Don’t feel like you have to rush through … and approve this budget. What has been done in the past has not worked well” (Maywood resident and Certified Public Accountant Sandra Gibson on the Village’s budget process, speaking during the public comment portion of the April 25, LLOC meeting. The Village has until April 30, 2014, to approve an official budget for FY2015). VFP
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that former village manager Bill Barlow resigned in January of last year, instead of January of this year. This article has since been emended.