MARSHALL, IL. (ECWd) -
We will take your taxes, but you are not good enough to work here
In their usual form, the majority of the Board of Commissioners voted to allow their Director, who has violated district policy every single day she shows up at work, to hire people from outside of the district. The policy of hiring in-district had been in place for more than 20 years, and since the board has bent over backwards at every turn after having Charity Murphy outed for her various activities, and approve everything she has done after-the-fact, this most recent action comes at no surprise.
What the Clark County Park District essentially told the taxpayers of the District is that "you will give us your money, but we will not hire you because you are not good enough to work here".
No job for you, you said something I didn't like on Facebook and you signed a petition
Commissioner Stepp put it another way when confronted with the truth that a highly qualified college graduate and district resident was turned down for a job, stating, "I wouldn't hire her either because she made critical statements on Facebook about the director and district, and she signed a petition".
So Stepp thinks it is OK to discriminate against people because of their political statements and because they sign a petition. I am sure residents appreciate having their civil rights violated in this manner.
Nothing too surprising with that, sadly, since he also refused to call for the resignation of Joey Ewing when presented with the facts that Ewing lied and was assisted by Charity Murphy in election fraud by changing petitions after they were turned in, giving him an advantage over other candidates.
The district's justification for hiring outside the district is that they cannot find any qualified people to work for them. I suggest that when a public body has the quick and continuous turn-over the CCPD has experienced, it is a fairly good indication that the employees are not the problem, but the Director is. Look to the person in charge when faced with massive employee churning. And if they ever come to the point of understanding that fact, they can then look in the mirror and see why they have so many problems with the Director they hired. To say leadership is lacking would be an understatement.
Financial report so screwed up, we cannot pay the bills
In other business, the monthly financial report was, as usual, completely inaccurate and misleading. It was so bad this month, that the board decided not to pay any bills because they couldn't figure out which ones to pay. There were some that were paid last month and listed again for payment this month. There were checks to be signed that were not listed as payments to be made, there were payments listed with no checks to pay them. That is how bad it was - no bills got paid.
It is well-known, the monthly reports have been inaccurate for months and months, and that the Director has not been making the required bank deposits - even incurring overdraft charges on bank accounts.
Overdrawn accounts - employee loans district money to pay bills
At the last meeting, Park Director Charity Murphy was directed to provide an accounting of all money on-hand - the following morning. According to our sources, she has failed to even tell the commissioners how much money the district has on hand. She finally deposited check(s) that were written to the district more than 6 months ago.
An employee had to loan the district $2800 to keep more checks from incurring overdraft charges and possibly bouncing. We know that because the employee submitted deposit slips asking for her money back.
The finance committee was tasked with sorting out the checks, bills, and financial report so the board can call a special meeting to review and vote on paying bills.
We suspect this chaos will continue until a new Director his hired and certain board members are replaced.
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