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Sugar Grove makes plans to cover supervisor post

Updated: December 15, 2012 6:28AM

Sugar Grove Township Trustees prepared to take steps to run the government business after the supervisor resigned and is the subject of an ongoing investigation.

On Tuesday, the township trustees met in a special meeting to discuss delegating the duties to manage the office and how they should approach filling the position of supervisor.

“We have 60 days to appoint a supervisor and that’s OK, but in the immediate time we need someone in the office,” Trustee Harry Davis said.

Trustees said the clock started ticking Oct. 31 when the former Township Supervisor Dan Nagel resigned from his elected position. Sugar Grove Police Chief Ron Moser said a criminal complaint against Nagel had been filed with police.

“We can appoint a supervisor, appoint a trustee or get a new supervisor. We have to make sure we are covered,” Trustee Scott Jesseman said.

Although no decision was made, trustees did interview a local auditor to possibly handle the bookkeeping and office related-duties that require attention.

Aside from the supervisor’s position, the township office also had two office secretaries resign in the last couple of months. The most recent hire had a different understanding of the hours and didn’t want to deal with the “drama,” one of the trustees said.

Trustees said the need for a supervisor will depend on how they delegate the responsibilities, which include paying the building insurance, exterior maintenance and other related duties associated with the 54 Snow St. office in Sugar Grove.

Jesseman confirmed Monday that he filed the criminal complaint with Sugar Grove police. Jesseman said he filed a Freedom of Information Act request in June regarding checks made payable to Nagel. Jesseman said documents show thousands of dollars in “questionable charges.”

Jesseman said he could step in the role, if needed. “I am not clamoring for it, but if there is no one (else available),” he said.

A trustee that does step forward would have to resign from their position and the board would then have to appoint a trustee. Township Clerk Tom Rowe suggested the board fill the position in December.

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