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April 25, 2024

Troy Eads ineligible to serve on Edgar County ETSB Board –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On May 8, 2019


Troy Eads, a member of the Edgar County Emergency Telephone System Board, and also a part-time Deputy Sheriff with the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department, is ineligible to serve on the ETS Board because of his employment as a Deputy Sheriff.

During this morning’s Edgar County Board meeting, a board member mentioned that Eads was also a Deputy Sheriff, which was something we were unaware of.

This subject came up several years ago when, based on our assertions that the positions were incompatible, the State’s Attorney requested an opinion from the Attorney General’s Opinions Bureau.

It took several years to obtain that opinion, and it verified our belief that the positions were incompatible. That opinion removed Deputy Burgin and Sheriff Wood from the ETS Board (article here).

Generally, when a person takes a position incompatible with one they already hold, they automatically forfeit the previously held position. This means that Eads is not, as an operation of law, a member of the ETS Board…however, we suspect he will simply resign as a Deputy Sheriff.

We find it hard to believe, in light of the removal of a Deputy and Sheriff from the ETS Board, that the board would think it prudent to keep another Deputy on the board.

Why this has not come to light until now, we have no idea.

The AG’s Opinion is (here).

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  • Robert O. Bogue
    Posted at 09:14h, 10 May

    One would have thought, our sheriff be vetting his deputies to avoid situations like this. Particularly since this matter has been brought up before in Edgar County. Which organization do you suppose, will be the first to do the right thing an take action? Will it be the sheriff’s office or the ETSB Board? Will the county board be accepting any responsibility for it’s part in this and take any action or is it now up to the individual violating the law to determine his fate. And why?

  • Lyle McGregor
    Posted at 00:18h, 28 May

    Does this also mean that Eads needs to resign for the village of Hume police department ??

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 09:33h, 28 May