Caseyville mayor orders review of village computers

News-DemocratSeptember 5, 2013 

— Mayor Len Black said computer experts have reviewed the computers of the clerks who work for the village.

Black, who has been in office for about four months, said he believes "this step was necessary and proper to assure our citizens of good government and a clean slate" for his administration.

"We are hopeful that no wrongdoing will be discovered. But, if wrongdoing is discovered, it will be addressed in conjunction with the St. Clair County State's Attorney's office."

Village Attorney John Gilbert declined to identify the company that did the work. He did not know how much it will cost.

During the village's committee meeting Wednesday night, Black told trustees the computers had been reviewed on Monday.

Black told the people in the audience that he appreciated their support and he pledged to them that his administration would keep his promise to have "transparency, honesty and integrity."

"The clerks were advised of the computer review on Tuesday," Black said. And also on Tuesday, Black said he directed Gilbert to contact St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly's office to let him know about the review.

Gilbert confirmed that he has been in contact with Kelly regarding the computer examinations.

Black said his decision to have a review of the computers was in part due to "recent events that have occurred with respect to the village and its government."

Former Police Chief J.D. Roth was charged with two counts of official misconduct in May and in June Roth died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Many of the police officers did not like the way Roth ran the department and they took a vote of no confidence against Roth earlier this year.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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