Evanston police have closed their investigation into a death threat that former City Clerk Rodney Greene said he received on his cell phone on May 30.

“We can’t identify the person who made the call,” Commander Ryan Glew of the Evanston Police Department told the RoundTable on June 18. “The investigation did not produce a suspect.”

Mr. Greene reported the call to the police in May, and spoke about it during the public comment portion of the June 10 City Council meeting. He referred to his comments at the previous meeting, on May 28, when he said he did not believe the City Clerk’s office should have sole responsibility in handling Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

At the June 10 meeting, he reiterated his position and said, “There has never been – at least I know since I was Clerk – an opportunity where the Clerk alone was the number-one 100% person who takes care of all FOIAs. The Clerk’s office in other municipalities does not have the last say-so.”

Mr. Greene then said that, after he left that May 28 meeting, “someone” had confronted him and accused him of being “bitter” and “mad” because he had lost the election to Devon Reid, the present City Clerk.

“I said, ‘No, that’s not it,’” Mr. Greene told the Council members. “But Thursday [May 30] I received a call on my cell phone telling me not to come back to Council meetings, and if I spoke of Devon Reid again, my life is in danger. So I don’t know what’s going on.”

He then added, “I just want to let you know that I’m not afraid of anybody in this town, but if you’re man enough to call me on my cell phone, you should be man enough to say it to my face and let me know who you are.”

Mr. Greene told the RoundTable he is not changing his routines or activities because of the threat.

Cmdr. Glew said police determined that the confrontation on May 28 at the Civic Center “did not rise to the level of a criminal act.” He added that if additional evidence or leads come to light, the police could reopen the investigation of the cell-phone threat, which, at present, they are labeling “telephone harassment.”

Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...