Tuesday night's meeting of the Vermilion County Board went with little said about the recent firing of former County Finance Resource Director Nikki Bogart. But the issue presented a noticeable tension among board members.
Bogart's dismissal from here job of seven years is now the subject of a grievance filed against the county.
Tuesday night's meeting was held just a day after Vermilion County Democratic Party Chairman Frank Wright lashed out at Marron claiming Bogart's firing was "very disturbing," a political move.
Marron said comments would be limited to the task at hand, after one board member's remark about the Bogart firing. Marron says that at the appropriate time and in closed session, Board members will be brought up to date regarding the dismissal of Bogart.
A statement released by Marron and Assistant State's Attorney Bill Donahue said it would be a disservice to the public to allow some allegations made by the County Democratic Party to go unanswered.
The statement went on to say Barbara Dreher resigned as Election Commission Executive Director after the Election Commission conducted an independent review of allegations of misconduct. The independent review stemmed from a violation of the directives of the Illinois Attorney General and State Board of Elections on the proper way to count absentee ballots. A subsequent investigation by the Vermilion County State's Attorney's Office concluded that improper procedures were followed, but there was no evidence of tampering with ballots.
The joint statement from Marron and Donahue also says Dee Ann Ryan resigned on her own as Executive Director of the Vermilion County Mental Health Board. And the statement notes Ryan resigned while Gary Weinard was still Chairman of the County Board, and not under Marron's tenure as Chairman.
''Actions taken have not been the results of politics,'' said the statement. ''Residents of the County need to know that personnel actions taken by the Chairman are vetted by both legal counsel and human resources before action is taken,'' said the joint statement. And the statement adds the ''notion...that women are being pushed out is ludicrous.''