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Rios to leave DePue

DEPUE – DePue Police Officer Christian Rios approached the village board on Monday with a letter of resignation in hand.

Rios announced his resignation would be effective April 29. He has accepted a position in the same line of work in Clearwater, Fla.

“I’ve served this community for a little over five years. It’s unfortunate I’m leaving. I had a great time with this community. A lot of things got done in the last couple years that I’ve worked here,” he said.

He thanked the board and expressed appreciation for their support. He shook all board members’ and village employees’ hands before giving them each a copy of his letter. He explained his letter stated reasons why he was leaving DePue.

Village President Eric Bryant thanked Rios for his years of service.

“It was very much appreciated … We, at least I, felt we wouldn’t be able to keep you here forever,” he said. “I’m very happy for you. Seems like you have something good in store for you, and we wish you the best of luck.”

DePue School had also hired Rios in July to assist with the in-school suspension program. At the time, Principal David Higgs said Rios was a highly-respected figure in the community.

In other news, the board:

• Re-voted and approved to match the DePue Men’s Club donation of $10,000 for new playground equipment in White City Park.

• Approved a motorcycle awareness proclamation.

• Amended the village’s current salary ordinance of part-time police officers, so that all part-time officers are paid the same amount.

• Heard discussion on the tornado siren project from village engineer Aaron Full. He announced the $100,000 grant for the sirens was on its way to the village. Also, he shared a map of a six-cell siren design, which was put together by the communications company Full is working with for the sirens project. He said the completion of the specs for the project would be completed by the end of the week, which means the project will soon be up for bid.

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