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Toftoy, Milliron Discuss Maternity Leave Pay

Frequent Kendall County critic Todd Milliron questions whether Coroner Ken Toftoy appropriately handled his sole full-time employee's leaves.

Kendall County Coroner Ken Toftoy responded Tuesday to concerns surrounding the maternity leaves for his only full-time employee, who also is the County Board chairman’s wife.

Frequent County Board critic and watchdog Todd Milliron had questioned how Jacquie Purcell received what appears to be her normal pay throughout maternity leaves in 2010 and 2011 while Toftoy hired part-time workers to cover office administrative duties.

Both times, the short-term opening was not advertised, Toftoy said. He hired a friend Purcell suggested in 2010. In 2011, Toftoy hired a fellow active Republican Matthew Prochaska, who is running for County Board. Prochaska is secretary of the Kendall County Republican Central Committee, while Toftoy is the chairman, according to the party's website.

Toftoy also said Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis assured him he had acted appropriately when the issue surfaced this spring.

In recent weeks, Milliron has questioned how Purcell could have banked enough sick and vacation time since she was hired in September 2004 to cover her apparent maternity leaves. The county’s employee handbook states each county employee receives 12 sick days a year and can allow up to 240 sick days to accumulate, according to the handbook Milliron provided. Employees who have worked for the county for seven to 14 years received 15 vacation days a year and can carry over no more than 22.5 vacation days each month, according to the handbook Milliron provided.

But Toftoy said he never required his lone full-time employee to request vacation using a standardized form. Rather, Purcell just tells him informally when she’ll be gone.

“I just write it down on the calendar: Jacquie’s taking this week,’” Toftoy said.

She rarely, if ever, uses sick days, Toftoy said. His office is flexible enough that if she is feeling under the weather, she can handle administrative work in the office and allow other deputy coroners to work in the field, Toftoy said.

Her son was born in July 2010, with her replacement receiving $3,345 in paychecks from April 29, 2010 to Nov. 16, 2010, according to information Milliron received through a Freedom of Information Act request. Purcell was not on-call for field investigations from July 7, 2010 to Nov. 8, 2010, according to Milliron.

More recently, Purcell’s daughter was born in August 2011, and Purcell was not on-call for field investigations between July 7, 2011 and Oct. 21, 2011, Milliron said. Prochaska earned $3,145 as a part-time administrative assistant between June 2011 and October 2011, according to documentation Milliron provided.

During both periods, Purcell never requested a formal maternity leave or unpaid time off through the Family and Medical Leave Act, Toftoy said. Rather, she just used all her sick and vacation time and then returned to work.

“I’ve tried to explain that to Todd (Milliron),” Toftoy said. “I’ve tried to explain that to other people.”

Stephen Youhanaie June 17, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Hey Minooka Mom, You must be in the know. I'm curious, who are the people that beat Todd? Care to list them? I don't recall Toftoy endorsing any county board candidates, publically. Let's see how nuttier your comments become.
Todd Milliron June 18, 2012 at 02:07 AM
“I know that you will probably laugh at me, but I expect honest, ethical government” @Minooka Mom, 5:51 pm on Saturday, June 16, 2012 statement regarding Kendall County Board Member Dan Koukol’s behavior and the post on the “per diem affair” conflicts with your other statements and recent inconsistent posts made by yourself regarding Republican Kendall County Central Committee Chairman/ Kendall County Coroner Ken Toftoy’s lavish spending habits and allowing the County Board Chairman John Purcell’s wife Jacquie Purcell to not show up for work and Ghost payroll for roughly 4 months in 2011 when his office was going over budget for $4583.00. SEE http://yorkville.patch.com/articles/toftoy-milliron-discuss-maternity-leave-pay#comments (Part 1 of 2)
Todd Milliron June 18, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Part 2 of 2 = I don’t play favorites; I document what I find and call them like I see them and make no bones about it. I do not distinguish between wrong doers or perceived levels of wrong doing, wrong is wrong and the offender whether it be the Kendall County Board Chairman, the County Coroner, a greedy Kendall County Board Member or the Chairman of the Kendall County Republican Party all need to be called to task for their unethical and illegal actions. Actions speak louder than words and as you did notice I am trying to do something about it. I would have much rather spent my Father’s Day with my family, but there is a job to do and someone has to do the job of cleaning up this county’s government. We can either do it at the ballot box or that job can be done in a court of law. You should have some new material regarding other board member’s acts of illegal behavior to discuss and talk about real soon, yet still others who we entrusted our tax money to and they too chose to ignore the law and commit yet new crimes to benefit a select few insiders.
Todd Milliron June 18, 2012 at 02:15 AM
This is the link for my documented findings, disregard link inserted above. http://yorkville.patch.com/blog_posts/does-kendall-coroner-ken-toftoy-need-a-raise-and-should-i-vote-for-him
It all comes out in the wash June 18, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Minooka Mom, You call Todd a liar but you have no problem with the abuses called out and documented for all to see. Are you not looking at these documents, are you friends with some of the crooks on this board. Please provide some facts based on your direct allegation of liar. I haven't seen one piece of evidence other than opinion and that holds squat. A thief is a thief. Spend sometime looking at the facts and evidence vs calling someone a liar when you have Zip to back it up.

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