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Tazewell County Board votes not to censure Clerk over raises

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Pekin (HOIABC) -- The Tazewell County Board resolution to censure county clerk John Ackerman failed 9-8 in a Wednesday night vote.

The draft of the resolution says Ackerman, "purposely and knowingly withheld his intention to give grossly inflated raises to his employees." It also calls the pay increases unsustainable.

Late in 2019, the board learned Ackerman had approved raises for several of his employees. The resolution says the average raise was 18 percent. Board members were upset that Ackerman had done this after they had closed the book on their 2020 budget plan.

However, Ackerman maintained that he had the right to boost his staff's pay. He said at the board meeting Wednesday night that the board has no authority over his staff's wages.

"Half of my employees were making on average $14.90, the big 18 percent increase was they went to $16.50," Ackerman said during the board meeting. "The census is paying better than that."

Bobby Oler @bobbyoler

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