Dixmoor Mayor Fires Police Chief

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    The Dixmoor Police Department is facing a shortage of officers.

    Dixmoor's police chief appears to have lost his job over his handling of an officer shortage earlier this week.

    The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Mayor Dorothy Armstrong fired Police Chief Robert Fox because he asked the Cook County Sheriff's Department for help when two of his overnight officers walked off the job Sunday to protest working conditions.

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    A source told the newspaper that Armstrong felt Fox embarrassed her by asking for help.

    The sheriff's department sent a sergeant and three sheriff’s officers to the south suburban town of 4,000 people and were expected to remain there until at least Aug. 14 when the village board could authorize new hires. But Armstrong reportedly asked the sheriff's department to remove the officers on Thursday.

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    Dixmoor police officers boycott the night shift over staffing shortages and authorities had to call in Cook County Sheriff’s police for help. NBC 5’s Natalie Martinez reports. (Published Monday, Aug. 5, 2013)

    Dixmoor has a police staff of five full-time and four part time officers.