South Jacksonville residents claim nepotism against Village President Gordon Jumper

By Ryne Turke on May 8, 2015 at 4:18pm

Trustees approved the use of temp agency Adecco in 2013 to employ Brittney Jumper, daughter of Village President Gordon Jumper, as an office employee.

During Thursday’s South Jacksonville meeting, several village residents brought their feelings on the issue out into the public.

According to nepotism guidelines in the village code, “A Village employee may not appoint, employ, promote, advance or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion or advancement in or to any position of the municipal service over which the employee exercises jurisdiction or control.”

Colby Huff, administrator of My Social Jacksonville, says job postings for open village positions were not made available to the public for the past 18 months.

“South Jacksonville Village President Gordon Jumper remains guilty of nepotism, despite his claims of not having anything to do with the actual hiring of Brittney Jumper to be an employee of the village through the employment of the Adeco employment agency,” says Huff.

“The employment of Cara Zulauf, a part-time village of South Jacksonville Hall employee, is a blatant example of nepotism. She is a long time, as I understand it ten plus years, friend of the son of village Treasurer and office manager Linda Douglass.”

Tyson Manker addressed the topic of nepotism as well.

“For the employees of Adecco, the village pays around $22.50 an hour. We are paying what we could have two employees almost, to employee the mayor’s daughter. I think everybody should be aware of that, because that is important. We are seeing a pattern of favoritism and disregard for the rules,” says Manker.

Jumper said he understood the issues that village residents brought forward and addressed the accusations of nepotism.

“She is an exceptionally good choice and I think that is the position that Adecco took,” says Jumper.

“The person they did place is a former municipal office manager and is familiar with water and sewer billing. She is also familiar with governmental reporting and was involved in that process for almost four years at a community of similar size.”

Jumper adds that South Jacksonville is blessed to have this position filled on a temporary basis.

“Were we to go out and hire an accounting firm, which is what you would have to do to hire someone with that expertise, you would probably be looking at a cost of somewhere between $50 and $100 an hour,” says Jumper.

Jumper says he has no plans to make any appointments for village position over the next two months he is in office.