A previously convicted Alorton public official, hired by the mayor under her sole authority, was charged Monday with driving two stolen track loaders and stealing scrap metal.
Marques Golliday, 28, drove two different track loaders in January and February despite knowing they were stolen, according to charging documents. He also was charged with stealing more than $500 worth of metal from John Paule's Scrap Yard in February.
The track loaders were a Takeuchi TL 250 and a Takeuchi TL 140, according to charges. He was also charged with official misconduct.
Golliday was hired by Mayor JoAnn Reed in May 2017 as the village's street department head. Golliday was one of six employees Reed hired after trustees gave sole her authority over hiring and firing in the village government.
Reed was not immediately available for comment.
Golliday has had four prior convictions since 2007, including fleeing and eluding police, theft and criminal trespassing and resisting a police officer. Golliday was sentenced to three years in prison in 2014 for auto theft and had not yet been taken into custody as of Thursday morning, according to records.
Illinois State Police Mst. Sgt. Calvin Brown said Illinois State Police were part of a Public Integrity Task Force investigation into Golliday, but he could not comment further on an open investigation.
In July, by a vote of 4-2, village trustees turned over all authority for hiring and firing to Reed, who is under felony indictment for vote buying.
Previously, Reed was removed from office in 2016 when she was prosecuted on a felony case involving bringing contraband into the village jail that resulted in probation, substance abuse treatment and Reed’s removal as mayor.
Reed won the mayor’s job again in April. She is currently facing a pending felony vote fraud charge brought by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s office.
Most recently, Reed was charged with violating the whistle blowing law by allegedly demoting a police sergeant in retaliation for him testifying in an ongoing investigation.
It’s not specifically known whether Hughes’ testimony concerned the vote-buying charges pending against Reed. Reed has pleaded not guilty.
According to the criminal complaint, Reed demoted Sgt. Leon Hughes “in retaliation for his testimony in a proceeding where (Hughes) had reasonable cause to believe that the information in this testimony disclosed a violation of state or federal law.”
In February, Hughes filed a lawsuit against Reed, Alorton and Police Chief David Clark. The lawsuit claims Reed, the police department and village staff were "shunning him" and refused to speak to or acknowledge Hughes' presence.
The suit also claims the day of Hughes' testimony, Reed closed the door to her office "contrary to her past practice" and has not spoken to Hughes since.
Reed denied the allegations in an answer filed in March.