Robbins’ Village Council Swears in New Fire Deputy Chief (Robbins, IL) – During the regularly scheduled village board council meeting, there was a noticeable buzz among residents as the council room and the hallway filled with Robbins and surrounding area’s firefighters and officers to welcome the newly hired Robbins Deputy Chief. The mayor gave a brief intro to let attendees know that the board and mayor would attend to other pertinent village business before swearing in the new Deputy Chief to quell their obvious excitement.
After calling the meeting to order and establishing a quorum, Mayor Darren E. Bryant gave an administrative report in which he announced that Robbins will receive an allotment of federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to help address the economic fallout that the village experienced during the crux of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also announced that there will be two back to school events planned in collaboration with several Robbins entities on August 7th and August 15th 2021 where students will receive school supplies, can be vaccinated, and several college bound students can receive $50 gift cards from the Mayor Brodie scholarship fund. With the start of the school year quickly approaching, he also reminded residents of the discussion of equity with CHSD 218 leaders following a forensic audit that confirmed systemic racism in the district’s hiring processes. The meeting will be held at the Robbins community center on August 4th, 2021 at 6pm and residents were encouraged to attend.
Following the Mayor’s report, several trustees provided standing committee reports. Trustee Michael Collier, chair of the water committee, announced that trustees will have periodic scheduled events called “Coffee with the Officials” where citizens can pose questions and stay in the loop of village happenings. Trustee Tiffany Robinson, chair of the Public Safety committee, reminded residents that the police department and community center are cooling centers in light of rising temperatures. She also stated that the administration will begin a process to hire a permanent police chief.
As a part of new business and in alignment with Bryant’s mayoral vision to strengthen Robbins’ police and fire departments, the board moved to swear in Nicless Malley as the new Deputy Chief of the fire department. Before the swearing in, Malley explained that as a young firefighter, Robbins gave him everything when he had nothing and coming back to serve its residents as Deputy Chief means the world to him. The council room erupted with claps as he took his oath to serve and protect the citizens of Robbins.
Once the room cleared of those who came to celebrate Malley, the mayor and board moved on to approve a bid for speed bumps on Lydia Ave, within the Kellar School zone– a critical part of keeping Robbins’ residents safe, especially as schools are slated to open in the fall. One of the final agenda items was the discussion and approval for the Robbins Festival and Parade that take place Sept. 3rd-5th, 2021. This, after the highly anticipated annual event was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID.
Robbins’ Village Council Swears in New Fire Deputy Chief