After just over 22 years of service to the City of Litchfield, police officer Chris Robinson is heading south for the next chapter of his career.
Robinson, who previously worked for the Springfield, Sherman and New Berlin police departments before coming to Litchfield, was honored for his service to his community during the Litchfield City Council meeting on Feb. 18, ten days before his retirement from the Litchfield police force is official.
“He will be missed and we wish him the best as he continues his career,” said Police Chief Kenny Ryker of Robinson, who has taken a position with the Edwardsville Police Department.
Robinson was promoted to sergent in 2003 and was a detective and acting lieutenant from 2005 to 2019. He also was a recruit supervisor at the Illinois State Police Academy, an evidence technician and a field training officer during his time in Litchfield.
Robinson’s retirement started off a quick meeting for the council, who voted on 11 items and were in open session for 15 minutes.
Two of the items were related to M&M Service Company’s expansion of their Litchfield facility. The council approved an ordinance annexing in a parcel of property adjacent to the current property and an amendment for a zoning use change to allow M&M to construct a liquid agronomy facility on those grounds. Alderman Mark Brown asked about the size of the facility, which will be an 80 x 240 square foot building.
In other business, the council accepted a proposal for construction engineering and administrative services from Martin Engineering for $29,000 for the West Weir Street drainage and street improvement project, authorized the advertisement for bids of water treatment chemicals and approved a motion to solicit bids for the construction of a chemical feed building, chemical tanks, chemical feed pumps to meet the NPDES permit limit for effluent phosphorus of 1.0 mg/L for the wastewater treatment facility.
The council also approved a motion to declare a Motorola base station within the fire department as obsolete equipment and to offer the equipment to Montgomery County if they are able to use it. City Attorney Kit Hantla said that the equiptment has little to no value, but would be compatible with the county’s system.
Before going into closed session, the council also approved two advertising contracts with R&K Outdoors for billboard advertising in the amount of $7,800 and $4,700; approved a resolution for proposed seasonal staff pay rates at Lake Lou Yaeger and approved the presentation of a conditional offer of employment to an individual identified as the top candidate by the police and fire commission to fill the vacancy left by Robinson’s retirement.
The council is scheduled to meet again on Thursday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. for their next regular meeting.