Manker releases audio of South Jacksonville Village Executive Session on August 17 discussing his assessment for ISP Threat Assessment – WLDS

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A South Jacksonville village official may have broken the confidentiality of the closed session provisions in the compiled Illinois statutes.

Village mayor Tyson Manker on his personal Facebook page last night reportedly disclosed parts of an executive session held by the village board on August 17 regarding village staff. Manker claimed in the post on his page around 9:22 a.m. last night that administrator Paula Belobradjic-Stewart and recently reinstated village police chief Eric Hansell were plotting against him by suspending his access to the village hall during his time. recent mental health break.

On the published and edited audio portion, Hansell expresses concern that Manker’s sanity may be causing issues. Hansell cites a conversation he had with Manker after the May 10 incident at Village Hall with former administrator Jason Hill. Manker, according to the conversation documented in the village email, asked Hansell if he could bring a gun to the village town hall for protection because he feared for his personal safety. Hansell rejected the request at the time, telling Manker that no one other than law enforcement could carry a gun in Village Hall under any circumstances.

Hansell speaks during the closed-door session in part of the audio released last night:

So one of my concerns is Mayor Manker’s absence for mental health reasons, his taking time off for his mental health. In comments made to me via email and in person, I would recommend that his access to the building be temporarily suspended until matters are clarified.

Anytime we’ve ever had an employee absent for a mental health issue or making statements that would put anyone at risk, we would do a threat assessment. It wouldn’t be different from a student at a school making, you know, statements that I want to bring a gun to school and shoot somebody or something.

We would do a threat assessment on that person, but then with him (Manker) away, I think his access should be temporarily suspended. “

Belobradjic-Stewart can be heard asking Hansell how a threat assessment would be carried out. Hansell says he should contact Illinois State Police for an adult threat assessment because his department only has a threat assessment that can be used for schoolchildren.

Administrator Stacy Pinkerton and Hansell both cited on the recording that Manker exhibited symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder related to his military service in Iraq.

WLDS News was present at the meeting and can verify that at the time Council entered closed session, the only recorder visible was the audio recorder used by Village Clerk Amy Scoggins.

By showing the tape to the public without prior approval from the village council, Manker appears to be in violation of compiled Illinois statutes regulating the open meeting law with respect to the confidentiality of closed sessions for verbatim records.

The regulation can be found in 5 ILCS 120 / 2.06 subsections E and F which says “No textual record shall be recorded or withdrawn from the main office of the public body or from the official storage place, except by vote of the body. public or by court order. The minutes of public meetings are defined by law to be approved after 30 days, the executive session being accompanied by an approval schedule at least semi-annually, so that all information in closed session is no longer need to be confidential.


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