The 9mm Buddy Badge and other Unknown Badge Holders at Kendall County Coroner’s Office.

Do you know how many deputy coroners we have in the Kendall County Coroner’s Office? If you do, you will find it is not easy to discover just how many the county has and who they are.

Do you know how many deputy coroners we have in the Kendall County Coroner’s Office? If you do, you are a very diligent person. It is not easy to discover just how many the county has and who they are. I tried to find out and came up with varying numbers and an assortment of names. It would be nice for us taxpayers to know who they all are, and which ones we are paying. If you are for responsible government, you, too, may want to track them down.

I started with the Coroner’s Office records. According to a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request response, the Coroner’s Office reports the “official” number of sworn deputy coroners is 14, with only six of these supposedly currently active.

(If you want to track this all yourself, go to http://www.todd4kendall.org/
Patchblog/ KC_Coroner_7-10-2012 FOIA_Deputy Coroner Records.PDF
   See  the 7-10-2012 FOIA request, page 15 of 15, the Coroner’s Official Reply, an “Official List of all the Kendall County Deputy Coroners” that have served, or are still active deputy coroners from 12-1-2000 to present. Included in this FOIA is the Annual Coroner’s Report from 2004 to 2011, which shows the annual workload of deaths, processed and investigated by Kendall County Coroner’s Office.)

If you go to the Kendall County Coroner’s webpage at http://www.co.kendall.il.us/coroner/staff.htm you will find a list of nine deputy coroners– three of them honorary. Note that retired Judge James (Jim) Wilson is not listed on the official Kendall County Coroner’s website, but is listed in the
7-10-2012 FOIA. This web list includes William Jeffers as active, but does not
include Judge James Wilson, who was listed as active in the FOIA.

If you review ALL the Sworn Oaths taken and signed for by ALL the Deputy Coroners that have been “Sworn In” by Ken Toftoy since 12-1-2000, you will discover more deputy coroners that were not listed either in the FOIA response or on the Coroner’s website. (Go to http://www.todd4kendall.org/
Patchblog/ KC_Coroner sworn oaths.PDF

The Kendall County Clerk provided me with the names of five deputy coroners that were not disclosed in the 7-10-2012 FOIA, 3 of which FOIA Officer Purcell personally swore in on 4-2-2008, and another Deputy Coroner who was sworn in on 9-1-2011 and is a current candidate for Kendall County Board. The fact that Republican District #1 KCB Candidate Matt Prochaska did not disclose he was a sworn deputy coroner on his Statement of Economic Interest makes me curious because Matt was sworn in on 9-1-2011. Matt handed in his completed Candidate’s forms the first week of December 2011.

Conclusion:  Coroner Toftoy failed in the 7-10-2012 FOIA reply to disclose other Deputy Coroners sworn in since 12-1-2000. The five individuals listed below have been sworn in as Deputy Coroners, but were missing from the Official FOIA List:

Bob Reid, Richard Davis, Mark Mueller, Bradford Engel, and Matt Prochaska


Five sworn Deputy Coroners apparently have never done any work, nor has a county payroll number ever been assigned to Bob Reid, Richard Davis, Mark Mueller, Bradford Engel, and Jim Wilson. County Clerk Gillette did confirm that she had a sworn oath for a sixth deputy, Marcy Thompson, from the 1990’s, but she did not have any sworn oath on file for Honorary Deputy Coroner Mike Swindle, who is listed on the coroner’s website.

The withholding of information under the Freedom of Information Act should not be taken lightly and there are legal consequences for doing so.

Jim Wilson has a 12-1-2008 patronage appointment from Coroner Toftoy, which allows Jim Wilson to possess a “conceal and carry” 9mm firearm with associated county liability insurance protection. This is something we taxpayers funded to the tune of $429.93, so Mr. Wilson can pack his 9MM.

See http://www.todd4kendall.org/
= $429.93 (Page 2 through 6 of 6)

Here is another thing to think about: Jim Detzler is Chief Deputy Coroner = http://www.todd4kendall.org/
Patchblog/Detzler_80th Bday ad.PDF

Why is Jim Detzler the Chief Deputy Coroner? What does he actually do? Generally, your Chief Deputy is your “go to” person. What does Mr. Toftoy “go to” Mr. Detzler for?

Since the new mandated compensation system (discussed in my prior blog, http://yorkville.patch.com/blog_posts/toftoy-dictates-kendall-county-board-compensation-policy ) was implemented on 4-1-2012, Chief Deputy Coroner Jim  Detzler recently pulled his first day of “On-Call” duty. Mr. Detzler is paid a monthly salary. It appears from the time sheet records obtained, Jim Detzler was paid a salary of $50.00 a month ($600 annually) from 4-1-2012 to 8-30-2012, but was first scheduled to work On-Call ( 24 hours) on 8-26-2012. In fact, from the On-Call Time Sheet records obtained, Jim Detzler has performed little work in over a year. The last time he was scheduled to work and actually may have worked was on or around 9-26-2011. Jim Detzler is the Chief Deputy Coroner, but from the On-Call Time sheet records obtained it would appear that this assigned title of Chief Deputy Coroner is a misnomer. 

I specifically asked FIOA Officer Purcell for a breakdown of duty statistics and activity for each coroner over the past 10 years on 7-10-2012. I was told the Kendall County Coroner’s office does not keep those types of detailed records. If they did, those records would reflect Coroner Ken Toftoy, Chief Deputy Coroner Jim Detzler, and retired Judge Jim Wilson do no investigative work or very little actual field investigative work. Toftoy is being paid
$57,000 to be the Full-Time Coroner of Kendall County. The Chief Deputy Coroner
does not work for months but is paid each month. In Jim Wilson’s case, he is
not even registered as a county employee in the county payroll system, but has
the official title of Deputy Coroner, as do many others that our county board
and county treasurer are unaware of.


Retired Judge Jim Wilson was granted the title of Kendall County Deputy Coroner on 12-1-2008; Jim Wilson has never been entered into the county payroll system since he was sworn in as a Kendall County Deputy Coroner on 12-1-2008. No one from the Kendall County Coroner’s Office has ever even requested a payroll number to be assigned for Mr. Wilson. To date, Judge Wilson’s nonexistent payroll records and nonexistent On-Call time sheets document and prove he has performed zero work in the coroner’s office or in the field. There is some question whether he has even qualified to do Deputy Coroner fieldwork.

There was never any expectation of work being performed by Jim Wilson, just the patronage expectation that Jim Wilson will continue to possess his tin star and his concealed gun while Ken Toftoy is the Coroner of Kendall County. The $429.93
taxpayer-funded training Jim Wilson has received and we taxpayers have paid for
was for “Weapons” training only. Just so, he can carry a concealed gun off duty. Mr. Wilson is off-duty 100% of the time. It is unknown if Coroner Toftoy keeps all of Jim Wilson’s 9mm bullets at the coroner’s office for his own and the public’s protection.

Patronage  Deputy Coroner Jim Wilson has performed  no-work to date and Chief Deputy Coroner Jim Detzler has performed little work, yet these individuals are allowed to be armed in public and can possess a firearm on a 24/7 “conceal and carry” basis with the inherent liability protections provided by the county’s liability insurance policy. As an insurance agent, I can tell you we will not
insure folks that perform no work or are not actively involved in day-to-day
operations, especially when it comes to government jobs, but our current coroner
does. This is a huge liability to the citizens and taxpayers of Kendall County.

Let me ask another question. How many of the other deputies that have been identified are currently carrying their own weapons? Stay tune…. More info later.

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Todd Milliron October 29, 2012 at 06:51 PM
@Jake, Kendall County does not have a Hospital. We had 256 deaths that the Kendall Coroner processed last year. DeKalb County had over 500 deaths and La Salle County had over 900 deaths. Mr. Toftoy compensation was adjusted recently in the past couple of years to bring his pay up to par with nearby counties, yet he again asked for a $9000 raise this year. Your statement regarding number of deaths is blatantly untrue. We are a county of 18 miles long by 18 miles wide with no hospital. 90% of deaths processed are nursing home or hospice related where individuals in their last days choose to preregister w/the coroner's office. 10% of deaths processed require the coroner to actually do a death scene investigations. Again, we had 256 deaths last year, 24 deaths required an autopsy, there are 365 days in the year, you do the math and then you can understand how someone like Mr. Dabney who is willing to do the workload of the coroner can now cut the budget by 20% plus and do it on, day one, 12-1-2012.
Jake Delrose October 30, 2012 at 07:02 AM
Todd, Looks like your math is the one that is fuzzy. You do not quote the break down of the deaths of those counties as you have in Kendall. And I did not state those are the combines counties that I am referring too... Nice try. Go fish. And those counties that I am referring to, also have a good crew of deputy coroners on their teams just as Kendall doe to operate efficiently. Also I think one of those counties, possibly La Salle, does not even have a morgue as Kendall does from donated equipment... Their coroner must not be as resourceful as ours in Kendall, that being Mr. Toftoy. Ya he deserves the raise.
Jake Delrose October 30, 2012 at 07:10 AM
On 12-1-12, I'm sure we will see Mr. Toftoy still going to work at the Coroner's office performing his duties, as usual. He will also be providing education courses to the teens in the area, to which I know his deputies assist on and teach too, at no cost to the county. And all will be going great for the county because Dabney will never have the keys to that office. Remember, how can a guy, like Dabney, handle and slash a govenment budget, since he could never handle his own finances and lose a house?? He cuts the budget by 20% because he will not pay the bills from the office as he did for his house. Now I see how he will slash budgets ;) You do to Todd, Right!
Jake Delrose October 30, 2012 at 07:17 AM
Actually Harry, looks like Tim cornered you with that statement. Looks like you opened mouth and inserted foot since you have "decided" to show up on the scene for comments.. When did Todd or Yo-yo give you a call to assist in the argument?? Really haven't seen Youhanie here lately either,,, :))
eric October 31, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Sounds like most people on this blog seem to know about local politics, so I will ask this question here - Does anyone know anything about the Deputy Chief of Yorkville Police Department being forced to resign a couple weeks ago??? I heard this from my neighbor. Supposedly the guy was trying to set somebody up to get in trouble/fired and got caught. Anyone know? Anyone know who the guy is? Suppose to be a major cover-up.
Tim October 31, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Eric, Your neighbor should not gossip without evidence to backup their claims. Yes, the deputy chief resigned, but it had nothing to do with a setup, and it is not being covered-up. http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/news/15296774-418/former-yorkville-deputy-police-chief-pleads-guilty-to-felonies.html He was caught by the State Police after an investigation. He was stealing drugs from the county drug drop off program, mostly used by seniors to get rid of expired medicine. It was supposed to be destroyed, but it was stolen by this police officer instead. While he says it was a 'personal addiction', there is no way 1 person could consume the amount of pills he was stealing. As you may have noticed, Todd here was busy filling FOIA requests about what his political opponent was eating for dinner while this was going on. I'm sure a lot of people were glad that the counties limited resources were being directed to this.
Todd Milliron November 01, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Eric, Tim is misinformed again and telling you old news, you are correct about the sudden and unexpected retirement of Yorkville Deputy Chief Donald Swartzkopf. At the moment that is all I know. This retirement has many citizens that pay attention to local government events wondering why it happened so quickly and without prior notice.
Alexis de Tocqueville November 01, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Todd, Did you eat paint chips as a child?
All Hallows Eve November 01, 2012 at 01:35 AM
No, just thanks to Todd's paranoia, every day is like Halloween to him. He sees monsters under every bed, and skeletons in every closet. It's shameful that someone who's served the public for so many years can't retire without people like Todd casting aspersions. So sad, but he's just a gossip monger.
Todd Milliron November 01, 2012 at 02:16 AM
It is Election Time in Kendall County = http://www.todd4kendall.org/Patchblog/Sheriff%20Joe%20Arpaio's%20Biggest%20Fan.docx
Tim November 01, 2012 at 02:17 AM
So you knew about this, and STILL were busy figuring out with Ken Toftoy was eating for dinner? You claim you 'serve the people' Todd, this is about as much proof that you are doing the exact opposite as that, as there could possibly be.
Concerned long time resident November 01, 2012 at 01:02 PM
i know who i am voting for and it is NOT Mr. Dabney
Oswego Resident November 01, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I voted early this week. I did NOT vote for Mike Dabney. After reading all of this blog nonsense for the past few months I just couldn't see placing my confidence behind a man that would align himself with Mr. Milliron.
Katy K November 01, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Todd...I just wanted to Thank You again for all your research and information concerning Kendall County. Judy Gilmour for KCB!
Tim November 01, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Yeah, you sure are 'sticking to the issues' there Todd.
Stephen Youhanaie November 01, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I voted for all Republicans save one race. Any guesses? It's about time that Republicans act like Republicans. Wasteful spending, padding the payroll, and paying for ammunition for non-salaried employees is not my Republican way of thinking. Although I contributed to Republican Rob Russell, Jon Zahm, and his wife have a point. If you think that the Republican nominee is not acting like a Republican, you can go out and work for the other guy. Zahm's family is working for both Republican Toftoy, and Democrat Martinez. He, and his wife think these candidates are the strongest. He, and his wife are paid by these candidates, so they must think this way. I'm just a rank amatuer, as Zahm puts it. I reserve the right to think freely.
Jake Delrose November 03, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Voted too! No Dabney!
Jake Delrose November 03, 2012 at 02:45 AM
All of this coming from the Green Party candidate, Todd Milliron... You can never disguise your true self, Todd.
Jake Delrose November 03, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Todd, You are supporting a guy that would strip the Office of Coroner and make it a shell. This office, that Toftoy made and is an example to model even in Cook County and throughout the state, is how it is supposed to be operated. It seems that your lack of ability to work in this settings, or in that job, now must bare the brunt of your stupidity and FOIAs leading no where. It shows that all you have is a vendetta to personally harm people as best as you can do. Heaven help you if you piss off the wrong person because Toftoy or one of his deputies will have to pick you up and they will still be professional about it. Remember, Dabney called all of those deputies "Unprofessional". This man is a sad excuse of a person to be pointing a finger at people about being unprofessional, when he is the one out there getting write ups at his current job. I bet Dabney will have to resign from his post on OFD after this election! Dabney will treat the office like he did his mortgage and that is how he will cut the budget by 20%. He just won't pay the bills.
Jake Delrose November 03, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Jake Delrose November 03, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Research and information to what?? He has yet to reveal anything of significance.
Jake Delrose November 03, 2012 at 03:10 AM
My prediction for the election: Toftoy 61% Milliron/Dabney 39%
Oswego Fan November 04, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Wow there is a lot to take in on these posts. A couple of things stick out, first, I assume that the DeKalb coroner is a democrat because of this statement, "I had a conversation with Dennis Miller, the Coroner of DeKalb County. He says that he does not allow his deputies to carry a gun. He said while it is legal, it is not ethical." That doesnt even make sense, why would carrying a gun be unethical for a law enforcement officer which a coroner is. The days of Mayberry in Kendall are over, he should carry a gun. Second, Steve, you call yourself a Republican or at least say you support Republicans except Toftoy, yet you are opposed to one of the fundamental planks of the Republican platform, the 2nd amendment. I googled you and found an interesting tidbit, you actually ran as a democrat against Dennis Hastert once upon time. Would it be fair to say that you are actually a democrat and you like to try to take out Republican leaders? Speaker of the House, Chairman of the GOP...next will be President Romney.
eric November 05, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I think a simple way to find out the truth regarding Schwartzkopf is to put the chief and/or mayor "on the record" and ask them. Was he forced to resign because of trouble he was in. I challenge the Patch to do this and provide the TRUTH so we can all ease our minds and suspicions about this department.
eric November 05, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I think a simple way to find out the truth regarding Schwartzkopf is to put the chief and/or mayor "on the record" and ask them. Was he forced to resign because of trouble he was in. I challenge the Patch to do this and provide the TRUTH so we can all ease our minds and suspicions about this department
Jake Delrose November 06, 2012 at 08:29 AM
Eric, You will never get the answer from anyone, in regards to this matter. The retirement to this issue was not in relation to the Coroner's Office. Another story has been tried to be attached to the Coroner's race without merit. Why? Good question since neither have been linked. My thoughts is that it is another wild goose chase leading to no where like many of Milliron's articles.
Jake Delrose November 06, 2012 at 08:31 AM
One word on Yo-yo, CLUELESS! He is clueless in his voting and looks to influence others with his delusions. Please, no matter how you vote, vote with knowledge and not Milliron fictions.
Todd Milliron November 06, 2012 at 05:18 PM
@Jake I have never disguised my work product or myself, I use the name given to me at birth. The truth is a hard thing to deal with once it has been brought into the sunlight. It is a fact that Mr. Dabney can cut the Kendall Coroner's Office budget by more than 20%. Because he is willing to do the mundane clerical tasks and be the one to do the needed death investigations that are required. Those tasks can be performed by Mr. Dabney because of the coroner’s light workload. Last year we had 256 deaths, less than 10% required an "On Site Death Investigation", less than 1 death a day. You continue to attack Mr. Dabney because Mr. Toftoy chose not to address the issue of number of staff needed to run the coroner's office or defend his spending for questionable items. Kenny’s creative cataloging of his extravagant expenses is well documented in line items within the budget that are unrelated to the “need” we taxpayers paid for. This is not fiction; it has been well documented with facts, which have proven many of the statements made by Mr. Toftoy to be false, a sign of a well-seasoned politician who literally does little or no work. Mr. Toftoy believes we need a Coroner to manage of one employee and 6 deputy coroners, I do not. You choose to defend the Toftoy façade and the farce it is, but will not use your real name, Why?
Jake Delrose November 06, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Milliron, You never address the issues with Dabney. You have no clue on the operations of that office and the necessity of it. Your idea is to strip that office and leave it with an incompetent person(Dabney). You have little to no understanding that the office must maintain a standard (how to operate a computer, Dabney's disciplinary issues of not knowing how to do reports on a computer). Finances need to be done by a candidate that does not have personal financial issues, as Dabney has from his foreclosure. Why don't you state on this forum, for all to know, what Mr. Dabney makes from his $74,000 salary position on OFD as a paramedic and the accumulated pensions he collects? You hid more than you present. Your credibility is shot and this is my real name thank you. Welcome to November 6th. D-Day for Dabney to lose.
Jake Delrose November 08, 2012 at 06:45 AM
I guess the next avenue that Milliron will take is at the County Clerks office to FOIA a possible voter fraud or scandal to the Coroner's race? Swing and another miss..... Lea... miss Milliron for Green Party....miss Dabney.... Miss What's next in 2014 and 2016? Cannot wait to tackle the other fraudulent articles that Milliron creates!! Milliron and Yo-yo, I'll be watching you....


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