Resolution For Sheriff Dart’s Office To Investigate Specific Matters Regarding Mayor Sharon Rybak

A Resolution Authorizing the Office of the Independent Inspector General of the Village of Midlothian To Investigate Specific Matters

Whereas, the Village of Midlothian, Cook County, Illinois (the Village) is a home rule unit of government pursuant to Article VII, Section 6 of the Illinois Constitution; and

Whereas, the Village of Midlothian has created the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) as provided under 1-23-1 of the Village Code; and

Whereas, the Village President and Board of Trustees (“Corporate Authorities”) believe it imperative that the residents of the Village trust and have confidence in the integrity of their elected and appointed officials and the employees who serve the Village; and

Whereas, the Corporate Authorities of the Village of MIdlothian seek the assistance of the OIG to deter, detect and prevent corruption, fraud, waste, mismanagement, misappropriation, unlawful political discrimination, unlawful activity and/or misconduct in the operation of the Village government; and

Whereas, the Village of Midlothian elected and appointed officials have been made aware of information, facts and evidence that if substantiated constitute a conflict of interest, breach of Corporate duties including the duties of care, loyalty, confidentiality, full disclosure, good faith and fair dealing owed to the Village; and

Whereas, the Corporate Authorities believe it is the best interest of the Village of Midlothian to investigate and determine the extent of misconduct if any, and to limit the focus and duration of the Office of the Independent Inspector General’s inquiry’

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, by the Village President and the Board of Trustees of the Village of Midlothian, Cook County, Illinois, as follows:

The Office of the Cook County Sheriff as designated independent Inspector General for the Village of Midlothian is hereby authorized to investigate the following matters:

I.  Whether the Village President engaged in a personal relationship with a Village employee (“the employee”) and used or expended Village resources, property and benefits in the furtherance of that relationship.

II.  Whether the Village President intentionally deceived, misrepresented and made false statements when questioned by Village Officers about the nature of her relationship with the employee.

III.  Whether the Village President engaged in a conflict of interest by facilitating, advocating and/or granting employment benefits to the employee with whom she had an ongoing personal relationship.

IV.  Whether the village President intentionally concealed the conflict of interest from Village officials and failed to disclose the conflict while discussing disciplinary, compensation and/or benefit matters concerning the employee, thereby violating her duties of loyalty, full disclosure, good faith and fair dealing owed to the Village of Midlothian.

V.  Whether the Village President disclosed information derived from an executive session held by the Corporate Authorities in which disciplinary action regarding the employee was discussed to the same employee, thereby breaching her duty of confidentiality owed to the Village of Midlothian.

VI.  Whether the Village President consumed alcohol with the employee and knowingly allowed the employee to report for duty as a first responder for the Village while under the influence of alcohol and actively concealed these facts from Village officials.

Passed and adopted by the President and Board of Trustees of the Village of Midlothian this 27th day of April 2016.

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