Washington Park appoints wife of indicted ex-trustee as his replacement

News-DemocratJanuary 24, 2014 

— A village trustee who was forced to resign his seat because of a Medicaid fraud conviction will be replaced on the board by his wife.

Mayor Ann Rodgers confirmed that Rosanda Suggs has been appointed to the board, replacing her husband, Darron Suggs.

The Washington Park Board of Trustees voted Tuesday in favor of the appointment. Trustees Willie Macintosh, Yulonda Clark and James Madkins, voted in favor of the appointment, and Trustee Carleen Tucker was absent.

Darron Suggs, 39, of Washington Park, is awaiting sentencing. Suggs pleaded guilty to claiming hours for personal assistant services not actually performed for two qualified Medicaid beneficiaries, according to court records. The scheme began in 2006 and ended in 2013.

Suggs faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He resigned from his job with the St. Clair County Probation Department after he was indicted.

When told that some residents considered the appointment improper and "politics as usual," Rodgers replied, "I feel it is honorable that Mrs. Suggs stepped up to fill the vacant seat. After taking time to weigh my options, I arrived at the decision to appoint Mrs. Suggs for the trustee position. Mrs. Suggs has been a resident since childhood. She is a devoted wife and mother who cares for the community. She knows the lay of the land."

Rodgers said Rosanda Suggs is qualified to serve on the board.

"Mrs. Suggs currently performs volunteer work in the community. She is also a former employee of the village of Washington Park and of Canteen Township."

Rosanda Suggs could not be reached for comment.

Ray Coleman, who is a paid consultant to the village, denied rumors that Darron Suggs has been hired to be a paid consultant to the Village Board. Coleman said Suggs has offered advice from time to time since he resigned, but is not being paid.

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