DuPage County, IL. (ECWd) -
A complaint has been filed with the Office of the Executive Inspector General alleging DuPage County Board Member Donald Puchalski is in two incompatible offices - DuPage County Board Member and DuPage County Public Guardian.
See press release below:
Candidate, DuPage County Board, District 1
FOR RELEASE: Immediate
COMPLAINT FILED WITH OFFICE OF EXECUTIVE INSPECTOR GENERAL -
DUPAGE COUNTY BOARD MEMBER DON PUCHALSKI'S APPOINTMENTS
AS DUPAGE'S PUBLIC GUARDIAN & ADMINISTRATOR A VIOLATION OF STATE LAW, COMPLAINT ALLEGES
HINSDALE, IL - A complaint was recently filed with the Office of Executive Inspector General (OEIG) Maggie Hickey regarding the The Governor's Office of Executive Appointments and DuPage County Board Member Donald Puchalski's acceptance of the appointments as the DuPage Public Guardian in 2012 and DuPage Public Administrator in 2014, while maintaining his position as a DuPage County board member.
Candidate for DuPage County Board Member - District 1 Rolly Waller sent the complaint to the OEIG on Sept. 29th, after learning that "no member of a county board, during the term of office for which he or she is elected, may be appointed to, accept, or hold any office" according to the Illinois Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act.
Puchalski, an Addison attorney, checked that he certified that he had read the provisions of state ethics acts and "any other state or federal statute or rule applicable to the position" in his 2013 Illinois State Senate resume.
Glaringly, Puchalski does not mention he is the DuPage Public Guardian and Administrator on his biographical page on the DuPage County website nor on his campaign website.
There is no mention of his position and compensation as a County Board member on his Statement of Economic Interest filed in 2013 with the State as part of the appointment process. There is no mention of his positions as Public Guardian and Public Administrator on his Statement of Economic Interest filed in 2016 with DuPage County as part of being a county board member.
"When I became aware of my opponent holding three public offices, I believed this was another example of cronyism and triple dipping," stated Waller. "I also saw this as a conflict of interest, as he, as a County Board member, votes on the funding of the Court Clerk's office and the Circuit Court, which oversees cases and determines payments to be made to the Public Guardian and Administrator."
Waller continued, "The more I learned and the more I researched, I realized that this was more than an ethical issue. It is a legal issue. In fact, it is illegal according to the Act. This matter goes beyond the political arena."
"These state appointments of a sitting County Board member may have never been made public had I not been a candidate," Waller added.
Waller calls for the immediate resignation of Puchalski from his state appointments. He also calls for recommendations be made so that illegal appointments no longer happen again in Illinois and for the Illinois legislature to adopt changes to the appointment process to remove the offices of Public Guardian and Administrator from the political arena.
The OEIG investigates state executive complaints, then decides the appropriate agency for review. An initial response may come within a month.
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