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Former council member explains his resignation

Published: Saturday, May 24, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

I would like to clear up a few things that have been printed regarding my stepping down from the Prophetstown City Council.

First, I did not resign from the council because living across the street from the police chief’s parents “got to me,” as was previously printed. The reasons I gave for my leaving were made quite clear in my letter of resignation.

It absolutely said nothing about me not knowing I was “getting in the middle of it.” I knew there were plans in the making to not renew the police chief’s contract. What I was waiting for were the reasons and justifications for it so that I could make a well-informed decision on the matter.

Instead, the information I received was vague, incomplete, and contradictory, as my letter of resignation stated. 

I would also like to address the repeated claims made by the mayor and the newspaper, which state that the Illinois Municipal Code affords the mayor sole authority to dismiss the police chief at the close of his fiscal year. My own investigation of the state code reveals that the mayor must have a two-thirds majority vote in order to fire the chief. Not only was there not a two-thirds majority, but there was, in fact, never a vote taken. 

Obviously, no decisions can be made nor votes be taken while council is in closed session, and the public knows none occurred in open session.

I agreed to join the council because I wanted to help move Prophetstown forward in a positive way. In my opinion, recent moves have not been positive for Prophetstown.

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