A Stookey Township resident said at a meeting Monday that he saw a Stookey Township Road District employee fill up a personal vehicle at a road district fuel pump.
Stookey Township Highway Commissioner Chad Davis was not at the meeting on Monday, but said in an interview Wednesday that the employee "did not fill his truck up."
Davis said road employees periodically use their trucks and then get a couple of gallons of fuel while they are on the job.
Resident Jeff Dell told the Stookey Township Board that on Feb. 28 the employee filled up a Chevrolet Silverado 4x4 at the diesel tank behind the Township Hall on Eiler Road.
Dell said he was at the Township Hall and saw that the vehicle did not have a township plate. Dell lives across from the Township Hall.
"With fuel cost going up and up and up, I'd love to pull up to a pump and fill up and drive away," Dell said. "Who's keeping track of how many gallons have gone in? Really, there's no accountability to it."
Township trustees said Monday they would look into the matter, but that Davis' position is autonomous: He answers to voters and not the Township Board.
Davis said not all township vehicles have township plates. He also questions why the resident did not make a complaint sooner and waited until a week before the election to come forward with the allegation at a public meeting.
Davis is running for re-election against Donald V. Lillis. Davis was appointed to the job in 2003, and elected in 2005 and 2009.
Davis said one thing he could do is perhaps keep a better record of the fuel pump use, which he oversees.
Dell said what he saw has been "eating away" at him. He notified the Illinois Attorney General's office last week and the agency advised him to first file a report with the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department.
The Sheriff's Department said Thursday they would not investigate what Dell reported to police on March 30.
"We are not investigating and would only do so if requested by the township, who would be the victim," Lt. Scott Weymouth stated in an email.
Dell said Thursday, after hearing the Sheriff's Department's response, that he plans to continue to pursue an investigation.
"What about the taxpayers?" Dell said. "We're the victims."
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