The Mayor of Dixmoor, Illinois, called an emergency board meeting because his town is out of money.
*The recession has caused major migrations from one town to another.
The same is true of these recent migrations as the past, people are seeking opportunities.
Dixmoor, Illinois has seen how the loss of residents can affect the tax base of their city.
They have lost $600,000 in tax revenue and Mayor Keevan Grimmett has threatened to go into the city’s coffers by way of an emergency court order if they don’t find money soon, according to the local CBS affiliate channel 2.
Police chief Lanell Gilbert even admitted that he had to take money out of his pocket to pay for gas for three of the city’s five squad cars.
Robber breaks down in tears as he tries to rob a Papa Johns in Helena, Montana, Wednesday, January 23, 2013.
*Even though there’s hopeful talk of a recovering economy every day, there are still many that are suffering underneath the poverty line.
Some feel forced to do things they’ve never done before in an effort to simply feed their family.
In Helena, Montana, Wednesday a man walked into a Papa John’s Pizza and handed the employee a note saying something like, ‘Do what I say and no one will get hurt,’ according to local NBC-2 interview with Helena Police Chief Troy McGee.
*Every time we turn around we are reminded just how horrible the city of Detroit’s financial situation is.
The latest news that illustrates that fact is that the search for a new police chief has hit a snag because the city doesn’t have enough money to pay for firms to find candidates, city officials say.
The Police Department, already reeling from massive budget cuts and a high crime rate, was left without a permanent chief last month, when Ralph Godbee Jr. (pictured above) resigned after a relationship with a subordinate officer was exposed.
Assistant Chief Chester Logan has been serving as interim chief while the search for a new commanding officer is conducted.
The Board of Police Commissioners is charged with coordinating the search. Per the new city charter, the board is to submit a list of candidates to the mayor. Before voters approved revisions to the charter, the mayor simply picked the city’s top cop.
Last month, the board picked two search firms: Troy-based Empco and Detroit-based TJ Adams Staffing Services. TJ Adams was to conduct initial interviews, with Empco doing a more thorough assessment of the candidates for the job that pays up to $140,000 annually.
But the police board chairman, the Rev. Jerome Warfield, said Mayor Dave Bing’s office reneged on an agreement to sign contracts once the board picked the two search firms. The cost was expected to be about $68,000, Warfield said.
“I’m very disappointed in the way which this process is moving forward,” Warfield said Wednesday. “I personally feel the administration could’ve done a heck of a lot more to have this thing completed by now.”
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