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Romulus Police Chief resigns; calls for mayor's resignation, too

via city of Romulus

Romulus Police Chief Robert Dickerson has resigned his job.

He did so in a scathing letterin which he also called on Romulus’s mayor, Alan Lambert, to resign.

The Michigan State Police are conducting an ongoing corruption investigation into some Romulus city officials, and State Policeraided Mayor Lambert’s homefor unspecified reasons this past week.

In his resignation letter, Chief Dickerson says he pleaded with Lambert to resign, saying Lambert has "created a circuslike atmosphere" in city government.

But since Lambert refused to, Dickerson says “your decision to stay in office…has left me no choice but to submit to you my resignation.”

Dickerson says if any officers under his command showed what he called “the same kind of serious lapses in judgment, whether legal or illegal,” they would be forced out.

Five former Romulus police officers are headed to trial for alleged corrupt activities, including stealing drug forfeiture funds. Those alleged activities took place before Dickerson became police chief.

Dickerson said he’s hopeful Mayor Lambert will “consider doing the honorable thing for the community" and resign his job, too.

Lambert could not be reached for comment Friday.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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