A 22-year veteran of the East St. Louis Police Department whose name was put on a “lack of credibility” list by the county prosecutor has been named the new administrative assistant of the police chief.
Mario Fennoy, the son of now retired Fire Chief William H. Fennoy, will serve in that role for Police Chief Michael Hubbard.
Mario Fennoy’s name was put on a lack of credibility list in 2005 by former State’s Attorney Robert Haida. Current State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said Monday there has been no change in Mario Fennoy’s status with his office. Essentially, this means that in a trial prosecutors would be reluctant to rely on testimony from him.
Haida, now a circuit court judge, could not be reached for comment.
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Hubbard said Mario Fennoy is holding an administrative assistant position and is not handling any sensitive information. “He is just assisting in administration,” Hubbard said.
I am a strict disciplinarian. I am by the book. When it comes to getting out there and working and bringing the team together, I am regarded as one of the hardest-working sergeant in the police department. My work ethic is praised around here.
East St. Louis Police Sgt. Mario Fennoy
The job does not entail “any enforcement activity,” the chief added.
However, some inside the department questioned the appointment. When asked about this, Mario Fennoy said, “They are the police officers who more than likely don’t want to be held accountable.”
“I am a strict disciplinarian. I am by the book. When it comes to getting out there and working and bringing the team together, I am regarded as one of the hardest-working sergeants in the police department. My work ethic is praised around here,” said Mario Fennoy.
As far the credibility list, Mario Fennoy said, “That was 12 years ago. Since then, I have earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, a master’s degree in criminal justice administration, and I am planning to pursue a law degree soon.”
As administrative assistant, Mario Fennoy said he will be doing “planning and development, training and research, public information dissemination and any other special duties assigned by the chief.”
“The citizens will be served correctly. The chief could have appointed anybody. I am a go-getter. I am one of the highest-educated, and my work ethic is unmatched. If anyone deserved this position, it’s me. I do plan on serving it well,” he said.
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