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So what would a ‘win’ look like to Collinsville councilwoman?

Collinsville City Councilwoman Cheryl Brombolich used city accounts 20 times as city clerk. City leaders agreed to give her $200,000 to settle her lawsuit over being forced to resign, a decision she made rather than being fired or prosecuted.
Collinsville City Councilwoman Cheryl Brombolich used city accounts 20 times as city clerk. City leaders agreed to give her $200,000 to settle her lawsuit over being forced to resign, a decision she made rather than being fired or prosecuted. znizami@bnd.com

Collinsville City Councilwoman Cheryl Brombolich is impressive. After being caught repeatedly taking from taxpayers, quitting her job as city clerk to avoid being fired, she wrapped herself in victimhood and sued her own city.

Her peers in city leadership just handed her $200,000 out of taxpayers’ pockets.

“Neither side necessarily ‘won’ but my client and I are satisfied with the result,” said Brombolich’s lawyer, Jack Daughtery.

Nobody won, he said.

What the heck do you call $200,000 if not a win? That is nearly three years of Brombolich’s old salary as city clerk, a position of trust that she betrayed. Her excuse? Everyone else was doing it.

Well, city accounts should never be used for personal items — not from an ethical standpoint and not from an accounting standpoint. As far as others using the accounts and repaying the city, the problem is Brombolich failed to repay until after she was caught. Then she did it again after she was warned not to do it.

She knew she was doing wrong or she never would have tried to hide it by sending 131 text messages in one day begging the finance director to cover for her: “Just let me take care of it and act like u never saw it.”

For those making excuses that the $200,000 is insurance money, consider who is paying those premiums and who paid the deductible and who will pay the higher premiums as a result of the settlement. Insurance companies do not provide “free” money.

Here’s hoping Brombolich enjoys the cash. If she needs a suggestion for spending it, maybe she should consider some home improvement. Maybe Mayor John Miller can suggest a landscaper to fill in some of those low spots.

We’re pretty sure we just found a really low spot.

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