SANDWICH – Sandwich Mayor Rich Robinson is now a retired man, but he won’t stop working.
Robinson, who retired Oct. 10 from his job as a DeKalb County sheriff’s deputy, is running for mayor in the April 6, 2021, consolidated election.
“I’m 51 now and still young enough to pretty much have a second career doing something else. But right now, I’m going to focus on doing the city,” he said. “I could’ve retired as early as last year, but being brand new to mayor, I didn’t want to jump right into it.”
The timing is right for Robinson, who first ran for mayor in 2009.
“Thank God afterward I didn’t get it, because I’m not so sure I could’ve done it with my work schedule back then,” he said. “This worked out well with the 12-hour shift and with seniority flexibility.”
Robinson was appointed mayor of Sandwich in May 2019 after the resignation of Mayor Rick Olson.
After becoming a police officer in Sandwich 30 years ago, Robinson graduated from Western Illinois University in 1991 and began working for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office in 1994. He became a detective in 2001. He also worked part time for the Somonauk Police Department, where he was appointed chief from May 2003 to January 2004.
“Law enforcement and public service are ways of giving back to the community and I’ve always been in that kind of setting,” he said. “Law enforcement is a fantastic profession. It’s a very noble profession and I’ve been able to provide for my family and everything.”
Although he’s only been mayor since May 2019, Robinson has been the 1st Ward alderman since 2003. He knows there’s always work to be done.
“We’ve got a busy little City Hall and it’s amazing the amount of people and work that goes on here,” he said.