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Maywood`s new mayor wants to appoint a corruption watchdog

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Corruption in the suburbs doesn't always get the same attention as Chicago's famous -- or infamous -- problems.

In suburban Maywood, the new mayor is calling for an independent corruption watchdog to clean things up.

A video posted to YouTube is the latest potential embarrassment for the Maywood police department. It appears to show a Maywood officer kicking a man on the ground while breaking up a disturbance at a fast food restaurant.

For years, Maywood has been plagued with scandals in its police department and village hall: officers charged with criminal conduct on and off duty, a botched investigation into the murder of one of its own cops, staggering levels of nepotism and politicking among the municipal workforce and finances in such bad shape the village is down to a handful of working marked police cars.

"This is one of our most dysfunctional suburbs," the BGA's Andy Shaw says. "We've done a dozen stories on malfeasance, malfunctions, and misconduct."

That's why Maywood's brand new mayor, Edwenna Perkins, wants to bring in a watchdog to root out corruption.

"I want to see this happen for the fact that our citizens need to feel safe," Perkins says. "We have had some problems and here we would be in a position to have someone outside of our community to take a look at what is going on."

Perkins wants to take up the offer by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to supply investigators and financial experts to any Cook County suburb that needs the services of an inspector general, free of charge.

"Bottom line is, why would you not want basically a forensic audit of your town to make sure there hasn't been any type of activity that's gonna put a cloud over it?" Dart says.

On Wednesday night, Maywood residents agreed, demanding the village board approve the inspector general arrangement to investigate their concerns.

The board essentially ordered the village manager to begin working out an agreement with the sheriff's office to bring an IG into town. They have yet to formally approve that.

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