No action taken at special South Jax meeting

By Jim McCabe on June 17 at 7:23am

The village board of trustees met in closed session for about 45 minutes last night less than a week after it was announced by Mayor Gordon Jumper that the Illinois State Police is investigating the village office for document destruction and misuse of village equipment.

There were initially two action items related to the closed session in which the board held to consider the appointment, employment, compensation, performance or dismissal of a specific village employee, and probable or imminent litigation affecting the village, but the board adjourned after closed session ended.

“We included in the open session of the agenda action items to provide for an opportunity to take action if we needed to. It was the consensus of the trustees that there [was] no action needed, and that we would continue as I had discussed earlier with the press, to continue to provide information to the Illinois State Police and cooperate with them as they conduct their investigation,” says Jumper.

When asked if he would describe last night’s meeting as a follow-up to what was announced last week, Jumper responded, “It’s just bringing trustees up to speed [on] the situation.”

Jumper stated last week that state police interviewed village clerk Dani Glascock and office manager Linda Douglass, who had served as clerk for 13 years.

Glascock, who took part in the meeting, clarified to WLDS-WEAI News that she was not interviewed by state police, but was called to the village as keeper of the records so that ISP could review documents. She says she is not under investigation.

The village attorney and another official from Rammelkamp-Bradney Law Firm were also present. Douglass did not attend the meeting.