Robbins Mayor Darren Bryant Calls for Special Meeting in Attempt to Thwart Public Participation (Robbins, IL) — Mayor Darren Bryant fired Robbins Chief of Police David Sheppard last week following the Chief’s filing of a whistleblower complaint against the mayor. Sheppard complained that the way Bryant has conducted himself in office on several occasions have violated both ethics and the law. To date, Bryant has not publicly provided any reasoning for the dismissal of the high-performing chief.
Bryant has called for a special meeting, reportedly to discuss the termination of Chief Sheppard. Notice of the meeting was put out just 48 hours before the start of the meeting in hopes that the public would not have ample time to arrange to show up in droves to protest the chief’s termination. Per the Robbins Village Code of Ordinances, the Chief’s termination has to be voted on within 10 days. The meeting will open in public before immediately going into executive session. Public comment is the final item on the agenda.
Sheppard asked that the public attend the meeting in a show of support. “I would like to ask the residents of Robbins to please make the meeting if you can. I have spent the last 16 months building relationships with you, and with your help, maybe we can get to the bottom of this retaliation firing.”
He continued, “Robbins is like home to me now. I genuinely care about the well-being of the citizens. I have worked tirelessly to reduce crime and help the village feel safer. Under my watch, we have seen a 90% drop in homicides and a drop in violent crime across the board. Please help us continue that trend by coming to the special meeting and supporting the work I have put into the town.”
The meeting is being held Friday, April 21, 2023 at 4:30 PM at 3323 W. 137th St. (Robbins Police Courtroom,) on the 2nd Floor.
Robbins Mayor Darren Bryant Calls for Special Meeting in Attempt to Thwart Public Participation