Greene County State’s Attorney Caleb Briscoe is setting the record straight following a Jacksonville newspaper report on whether the Carrollton city clerk is being investigated by state police.
A Jacksonville Journal-Courier story on Sunday reported that officials with Illinois State Police District 18, the district that serves Greene County, was unaware of a criminal investigation against Ryan Scott, and that a Freedom of Information Act request turned up no records of an investigation.
At a City Council meeting earlier this month, Carrollton Police Chief Kenny Kallal reportedly said an investigation was being conducted by state police. It’s still not clear why.
Scott had reported “suspicious activity” in the Carrollton Police Department to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office in March regarding money for fines being collected. The “missing” money had apparently been found to be deposited later in the month, according to the Carrollton mayor pro-tem.
In a statement emailed to media on Tuesday, Briscoe said, “Earlier today, I had a meeting with two members of the Illinois State Police and with Chief Kenny Kallal…After having had the meeting, I believe that all parties have a better understanding of what took place.”
Briscoe says Kallal did turn over documents to state police. He says Trooper Eric Oller conferred with other ISP officials and the state’s attorney, and a determination was made that no crime had been committed. After that, Briscoe says it was determined no further action would be taken by state police.
Briscoe says the ISP role in the situation was advisory, and that Kallal agreed no criminal activity had taken place. Briscoe says, “At this point, this is an administrative issue that is best handled within the City of Carrollton.”
According to the newspaper, Scott has not had access to his office outside of regular business hours since early April, when the locks were apparently changed.