Clark CO., IL. (ECWd) –
In a FOIA request recently obtained, it became quite clear the Executive Director of the Clark County Park District had been cheating the public out of payments for her campsite, fuel, and late payments.
The very person responsible for making sure others pay on time or get evicted, failed to pay her own campsite rental from the time she became an employee. She knowingly used public property and credit for her own personal use starting from when she was hired as an employee. I say knowingly because she has been a long time camper and knows when her bill is due to the Park District.
This is a violation of the Illinois Constitution and of the law in her using her position as director of the Park to skirt her own monetary obligations to the district – only tendering payment AFTER a FOIA request was submitted for proof of payments. Even when finally making the payments, she did not pay the late fees that she charges other campers with when they are late.
September and October 2014 campsite rental – August, September, October electric – and September with two propane refills. In April 2015, seven months after her last payment to the park and a couple days after the FOIA request for payments, Charity paid some of her late rental payments but allegedly still owes over $1100.00 in late fees and other items.
But hey, what do the majority of commissioners do in response? They give her a second pay raise! That’s right – two pay raises in two months – even after knowledge of theft of services and property by the very person receiving the pay raises. This pay raises fixes the problem – she now gets a free campsite.
This was discussed during public comment and starts at the 14:56 mark in the video: