South Jacksonville takes action on ethics commission, FOIA officer tonight

By Ryne Turke on April 30, 2015 at 6:17am

South Jacksonville trustees will meet for the second straight week to take action on three ethics positions in the village.

The special meeting tonight centers around the ethics complaint filed by village resident Tyson Manker and signed by several hundred South Jacksonville residents on April 2nd.

The petition called for Village President Gordon Jumper, office manager and Treasurer Linda Douglass and Police Chief Richard Evans to step down for their positions in the wake of findings from a 2014 Illinois State Police Report.

After the conclusion of the meeting last Thursday, all three individuals had announced their retirement or resignation.

The board has agreed to continue the process of setting up an ethics commission and hiring special council to advise the board. Action will be taken on both those items tonight.

Also on the agenda will be the appointment of a Freedom of Information Act Officer. Evans and Douglass will be stepping down as FOIA officers after their employment with the village ends.

Trustees will discuss the items in closed session before a vote is taken.

Also on the agenda will be the swearing in of newly-elected village trustee Stacy Pinkerton.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Village Hall.