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Edgar County 911 Director’s double standard – Part 1 –

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On July 5, 2014


Continuing our exposure of Emergency Telephone System (ETS) (911) problems state-wide, it is only appropriate to bring things right back to Edgar County’s 911 system since that group was the very reason we started the Edgar County Watchdogs.

In fact, the first video exposure was with the assistance of Eastern Illinois University.  They substantiated every claim and accusation that I made regarding the failings of our ETS Board and its director, Nannette Crippes.

The purpose of covering this particular situation now, is because now the same Director is screaming for accountability and showing concerns of liability, etc., yet she fails to realize the very things she is complaining about over a recent call is exactly why I started exposing her and her illegal activities over three years ago in which she did nothing but blame others.

Initial Concerns

As an EMT I responded to a call for an 11 day old baby not breathing.  I put my life at risk driving at high speeds necessary to try to respond and save a life.  What we found upon arrival was a blessing as the baby was fine and crying quite loudly, which means he was breathing.

What I later discovered, as is outlined in the video by EIU, is the dispatcher and the Director of 911, Nannette Crippes, failed miserably in doing their job.  The dispatcher offered NO MEDICAL INSTRUCTION to try to save a baby who they were told was not breathing.  No CPR instructions at all!  NOTHING!  What did they do?  They hung up the phone after telling them the ambulance was on the way, when in reality it was not on the way yet since we had not even gotten to the Ambulance bay.

No Action – Denials

I complained about that dispatcher’s action to the ETS Board and not a single thing was done about it.   That failure lead to finding out that Nannette Crippes and the ETS Board knew the dispatchers were not certified to dispatch medical calls as their own minutes reflected that fact. None of the dispatchers were current in their certification and all but one had not met the qualifications to dispatch for over 6 years.

My concern was the liability to this county in the event a persons injuries or possible death could be tied to the dispatchers failings.  A valid concern that was met with cover up and lies by most of the current ETS Board and Nannette Crippes.

Shift in Responsibility

Fortunately for this county, the newly elected Sheriff at that time, Ed Motley, ensured that training was complied with.  It was during this time frame that the clear agendas began to show itself. An agenda of hatred towards the new Sheriff to include attempts to cast the blame on him.

You see during the rein of the criminal activities of Tim Crippes as Sheriff I was always told Nannette was the person we needed to talk to regarding dispatcher issues.  Each and every time an issue would arise it was the same story, Nanette is in charge.  Then after the election that Tim lost, who at that time was having an affair with Nannette, the new Sheriff is now to blame for the dispatcher’s shortcomings during the call in question. This very issue is well known by former Sheriff Karl Farnham as he confirmed these very past problems during a recent Sheriff Committee meeting.

Upcoming Election Playing A Role?

Why bring all this up again now?  Our next article will expose the hypocrisy of these same people who now are attacking a dispatcher for a recent call yet they did nothing but lie and cover up a similar problem several years ago.  The attacks are focused on a dispatcher that has been willing to speak out against their years of questionable activities and she just happens to support the current Sheriff.

Based on the actions of Nannette Crippes and a select few on the ETS Board, they don’t care about doing it right.  They just care about their little kingdom being protected and doing anything they can to imply it’s Sheriff Motley that is the problem when the truth of the matter is this select group known as the Breakfast Club is still fuming over the last Sheriff election results and have vowed to  do what ever it takes to cast a negative cloud on the current Sheriff, to include telling half truths.

This particular news story from EIU exposed the truth of what I uncovered several years ago and the current ETS Director, Nannette Crippes blamed others for the failing which was clearly hers based on all the facts.  To this day she has never been held accountable for any of the illegal acts she has been involved in to include drawing her salary as the 911 director while at the same time drawing an hourly wage to dispatch calls and get paid out of the Sheriff’s budget, who was at that time her boyfriend.

How many other county employees can draw two paychecks while working the same hours and get away with it?

Nannette Crippes, you can’t have it both ways!


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  • Jeff
    Posted at 11:57h, 05 July

    They also messed up in the way they did the 911 addresses by county. The Counties did not even do the addresses the same. Some counties start from the center with their numbering system and go out. others start from one side and go across. There is no way to know what county you are in by the numbers on the signs.

    it would have been better to use longitude and latitude numbers and the numbering system could be nationwide if so desired.
    I’d hate to see the expense taken to rectify this now. But people have died because the wrong county responded to the right address.

    Also most home signs are the same color as the road signs causing confusion as to whether you are approaching a house or a cross roads. It would have been better to have the roads in green and the addresses in blue or red.

  • Eric Pratt
    Posted at 12:54h, 05 July

    It is sad that people feel too threatened to admit their own mistakes. Everyone suffers when a person cannot or will not take responsibility for their actions. Even more so when that person is elected or paid public employee. That person holds the public’s trust. We all suffer because someone cannot admit they made a mistake and accept corrective action. Most people in the public sector could probably keep their job if they would just accept the need to modify the way they do things, or admit mistakes were made and work toward accepting the need for change. When they don’t it is no longer a mistake. It becomes criminal misconduct.

  • old
    Posted at 14:40h, 05 July

    What needs to be done to get rid of Nannette? She seems to be so intent on putting the blame on everyone else what is it going to take to get rid of her? Mrs. C. Give it up, Timmy Boy is no longer sheriff, his rein is over, and the lives he damaged will never be the same. To the dispatcher who stood up for what was right, I love her. I’ve known her for 30+ years, keep up the good work. Sheriff Motley was very lucky to have you on the desk.

  • Franklin
    Posted at 21:50h, 05 July

    Kirk you are so bias

    • Kirk Allen
      Posted at 07:38h, 06 July

      Saying that doesn’t make it true. Prove the reporting bias. If you are at all familiar with any of the matters discussed you know that each and every element is a true representation of the facts.

  • Steve
    Posted at 04:41h, 06 July

    In an era of government overreach it’s a shame that a local government isn’t fully performing a role it should: public safety. Certainly dispatchers have to be ready and able to help callers with first aid.

  • Kevin
    Posted at 07:02h, 07 July

    Lets see 2 pay checks from county – Dave Neal, Terry Weger = county retirement + current paychecks!

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 07:22h, 07 July

      Are you that ignorant that you cannot distinguish between a retirement check and a paycheck? Or working the same hours and getting paid twice for those same hours?

  • John
    Posted at 09:43h, 07 July

    The ECWD’s hate Tim & Nan Crippes, it’s so obvious. She did not work two jobs at the same time and get paid by the county for both. I worked there at the time and I know what she did and that she explained it to you and you continue to call her a criminal. She couldn’t work both jobs at the same time, they are both full-time jobs. She closed her office and took a vacation day so she could help out in dispatch. Her rate in dispatch was much lower than the others and this actually saved the county money. She had vacation days and she can use them how she wishes. If she wanted to take a vacation day and work another job, no matter who it is for, she can! Get over it boys, you hate them and we all see it!!!! You talk about half-truths against Ed, that is what you have done with these two for years. You only tell half the story or twist things as much as you can to make them look as bad as you can.

    • Kirk Allen
      Posted at 20:23h, 07 July

      That shows how much of a liar you are then as well. The records don’t jive with your story. There was not enough sick or vacation time to make up all those days she got paid dispatching and she did in fact get paid for the same time. Justifying those actions by implying getting paid less and saved the county money fly’s in the face of logic. Why don’t you provide all those vacation days! Please, prove what you claim! Bring the proof that she took vacation days during all those times. Bring it hot shot! You do not know what your talking about and the past FOIA records prove she worked two jobs during the same hours and you know it. Her claim of vacation time and sick time was a piss poor attempt to convince the board but the facts prove that to was a lie.