Coles County

Lakeland College – Vice President for Business Services Raymond Rieck resigns.

Coles Co. (ECWd) –

Tonight at the Lakeland College Board meeting there is an Agreement and Release document for Vice President  Raymond Rieck, who signed a resignation notice February 1st, 2016, as well as the Agreement and Release document on that same day.

What is interesting with this so called ‘resignation’ is the fact we were tipped off about the VP’s departure a couple weeks ago.  According to our source we were told Mr. Rieck had his keys taken from him and was escorted off the campus approximately two weeks ago.

Calls to the school to confirm this were met with denials of any such situation, however, having looked at our fair share of resignation letters, we do find his rather interesting.

“This letter will confirm my retirement and my voluntary resignation as Vice-President for Business Services of Lake Land College, effective August 31, 2016. I have decided to resign from my position as Vice-President for personal reasons.”

As I understand it, when a person submits a resignation letter they are doing so voluntarily, thus no need to state such.  Couple that strange claim of a voluntary resignation with the fact he has been placed on Administrative Leave, one can now only wonder what the real reason for his departure is.

Most resignation announcements effective 8 months later we see those people continuing to perform their duties.   In this case, the taxpayers are footing the bill for 8 more months for a person to basically do nothing on their behalf, unless asked, and then he can only do so by phone and on projects he was involved in. In other words, don’t come back to the campus.

In addition, the wording in the Agreement and Release indicates Mr. Reick will ‘remain’ on administrative leave.  That appears to  indicate he was placed on Administrative leave prior to this resignation letter.

Thus the question, why was he placed on Administrative Leave?

The agreement outlines that he ‘agrees’ to voluntarily resign.  If his resignation is voluntary, why would he need to ‘agree’ to a voluntary resignation?

We suspect there is more to this story and will do our best to find out.  If any of our readers have information they can share please feel free to do so through our tip line that is 100% confidential.

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