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District 218 hasn't asked Holmes for resignation

Board member was charged with DUI last month

A Community High School District 218 school board member who was charged last month with DUI has not decided whether he will remain on the board of education.

Johnny Holmes, 66, of Robbins, was charged with DUI in Midlothian on Dec. 22. Holmes, who was at the time of the charge the police chief in Robbins, retired from that position Jan. 4 after 33 years with the department, according to Robbins village administrator Napoleon Haney.

Holmes last week said he is still considering whether he will resign from his seat on the District 218 board.

"We're just working through it," he said, referencing district officials. "I have no comments other than that."

Holmes was arrested at 10:44 p.m. Dec. 22 at the intersection of 147th Street and Pulaski Road in Midlothian. A witness reportedly called police to report an intoxicated driver about to turn north on Pulaski Road from 147th Street, and a patrol officer saw Holmes' white 2007 GMC Yukon - which matched the caller's description of the vehicle - turn onto Pulaski. The officer who made the traffic stop knows Holmes, police said.

Holmes had been drinking at the Posen Pub, 14346 Western Ave. in Posen., and at the time of the traffic stop thought he was still at the pub, police said. When asked to perform field sobriety tests, Holmes reportedly said, "oh wow" and "yeah." Police reportedly found a flask containing alcohol in the front pocket of his jacket.

Holmes was charged with two counts of DUI, improper lane usage, illegal transportation of alcohol, disobeying a police officer, failure to stop when required, and no proof of insurance.

Holmes has served on the District 218 board of education since April 2003. District Superintendent John Byrne said "the whole issue is disappointing," and that it is not easy for district officials to decide whether to ask Holmes to resign. The district has not asked him to step down, and Byrne noted District 218 board President Randy Hauser during a closed session meeting on Jan. 14 did not ask board members for a consensus on whether they believe Holmes' should resign.

"Johnny has been part of the community for so long," Byrne said. "He has lived in these communities as long as I have. Whenever you do something wrong, people forget everything you did right; and Johnny and his wife have been absolutely wonderful in the community."

The board does not have a replacement in mind should Holmes step down, Byrne said. If Holmes does resign, District 218 residents would be able to submit letters of interest to the board, which would then conduct interviews with the applicants, he said.

"Johnny has been part of the community for so long. Whenever you do something wrong, people forget everything you did right; and Johnny and his wife have been absolutely wonderful in the community."

- Dist. 218 Supt. John Byrne