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Joliet internal investigation gets a little clearer

Some of the players in what may now be called the Ancel Glink investigation became evident last week when the city hired the law firm to look into ethics complaints and other matters.

What other matters have not been specified – at least not publicly.

But Mayor Bob O’Dekirk and council member Jan Quillman became evident subjects of the Ancel Glink investigation when they had to step off the council dais before the vote was taken to hire the firm.

Quillman before she stepped away questioned why other council members also were not excluded from voting – specifically Michael Turk and Don Dickinson.

City Attorney Martin Shanahan’s answer clarified what the city has not made official because copies have not been released of the ethics complaints reportedly filed by Sgt. Lindsey Heavener against Quillman and the mayor.

“Generally, witnesses do not have a vested interest in who’s investigating,” Shanahan told Quillman. “You have a vested interest when you have a vested interest in the outcome.”

Quillman, Turk and Dickinson all were at the Fiesta en la Calle downtown on Sept. 14 when O’Dekirk made accusations that Heavener was drunk while on duty.

Turk and Dickinson apparently will be witnesses in the Ancel Glink investigation.

Why Quillman is the subject of an ethics complaint has not been made public, and she has previously declined to comment.

Quillman did announce before stepping off the dais that she will hire her own attorney to “defend my reputation.” Quillman also said she has not seen a copy of the complaint against her.

City Clerk Christa Desiderio, who handles ethics complaints, has not provided copies of the complaints, which Ancel Glink is reviewing. Desiderio did say Tuesday that there are two ethics complaints pending.

The staff memo on Ancel Glink’s hiring states the firm will advise the city on ethics complaints “and various other complaints” without specifying what else.

Interim City Manager Steve Jones at the City Council meeting did not specify what else other than to say they are “high-profile personnel cases” that apparently are listed in an email to council members.

“I don’t know who the individuals are,” council member Larry Hug said when asking about the extent of the investigation.

“It was in that email,” Jones replied.

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