South Jacksonville ethics commission reduced to three members

By Ryne Turke on May 15, 2015 at 7:21am

During the regularly scheduled board meeting on May 8th, trustees approved a five-member panel to investigate findings from a 2014 Illinois State Police report on alleged wrongdoing from Village President Gordon Jumper, office manager and Treasurer Linda Douglass and Police Chief Richard Evans.

A special meeting on Thursday allowed trustees to acknowledge the unavailability of two approved committee members: Les Stevens and Jim Ringle.

Leading the three-member commission will be trustee Stacey Pinkerton and village residents Harry Jennings and Dan Maddox.

Maddox has lived in South Jacksonville for the past 20 years and says he has a strong interest in getting to the bottom of this situation.

“I am not an enemy or friend of anyone involved in this. I have an interest to find out everything I can about this. I am tired of hearing about the village in the news. I want a finalization in this,” says Maddox.

Jennings, a retired police officer, has been a village resident for the past 15 years.

“I was asked by (trustee Kim) Wilson to be on the committee, mainly because of my law enforcement background. I have been paying attention to what has been going on. I have the time to do it and I would love to get closure to this,” says Jennings.

Maddox and Jennings have previous experience serving on commissions. Maddox is a former member of the South Jacksonville plans commission and Jennings served on several committees during his time as a police officer.

Both ethics members expressed their excitement to begin the investigation process.

“We just need to keep looking into it and see where the evidence takes us. There is a lot there in that state police report to start with,” says Jennings.

“We need to find out what can be done and should be done for the best interest of the village. That is my goal,” says Maddox.

Jennings hopes to have the first ethics commission meeting sometime next week.