Cook County Sheriff’s Office Claims Trustee Audrey Jaycox Misused Public Funds (Tribune Report)

Trustee Audrey Jaycox

October 30, 2013 || Matthew Walberg, Chicago Tribune

The Cook County sheriff’s office criticized a Maywood trustee for spending thousands of dollars in public money for more than 20 business trips over four years and for donating public funds to a political fundraiser.

The sheriff’s department alleged in a report that Audrey Jaycox violated a village ordinance prohibiting elected officials from taking more than two work-related trips per year using public money.

Jaycox also “violated the state elections statute” earlier this year when she used $200 in village funds to buy two tickets to a political event for state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, according to the sheriff’s report.

This is the first report issued by the sheriff’s office in its newly adopted role as an independent investigator for suburban governments.

The document alleges that Jaycox far outspent her annual discretionary fund in two of the four fiscal years in question — from 2010 to 2013 — with the bulk of the money going for travel to leadership conferences in such cities as Tampa, New Orleans and Washington.

Sheriff’s officials said that none of the expenditures appear to have been for personal gain, but questioned how the trips served Maywood residents.

The sheriff’s office forwarded the report to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office for review. The state’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

Jaycox, a trustee since 2005, declined comment, saying she had not seen the report. According to the report, Jaycox said that village rules regarding discretionary funds and travel were discussed when she was elected, but were not reviewed often and no one questioned her about the trips.

Jaycox said the luncheon for Lightford was not political, but a fundraiser for “girls and women,” the report said.

Sheriff Tom Dart’s office was brought in by the village in July, after he offered to serve as independent inspector general to every suburban municipality at no cost.

Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins said that Jaycox should have known better.

“She knew the rules,” Perkins said. “She’s been a trustee since 2005, and she was chair of the finance committee.”

Trustee Ronald Rivers said he believes Jaycox’s trips are part of her efforts to boost the suburb, and called the allegations politically motivated.

“If people knew how much time she puts in,” he said. “I think this is a witch hunt.”

The report said documents suggest that other officials violated village rules on the use of public funds, and the sheriff’s office said there may be other investigations.

The sheriff’s office suggested the village beef up internal controls over how funds are spent and consider eliminating discretionary spending for trustees. VFP

2 thoughts on “Cook County Sheriff’s Office Claims Trustee Audrey Jaycox Misused Public Funds (Tribune Report)

  1. Same old Maywood B S when are we going to STOP being so fricking personal. This is the 21st Century and we need to be more advanced in our thinking and with our town. There is no growth here and with kind of shit we can forget it. Stop being assholes!!!!

  2. This is BS anyone that knows Jaycox’s knows this is junk, find something else to do. This woman is a true Public Servant. Government could use more like her as a matter of fact she puts in more of her time then the position or the headache is worth. If the Tribune wants to write a story write about the miscarriage of justice when a murderer gets 60 days in jail, 60 days home confinement etc, if the State Attorney wants to investigate something called for an independent investigation of itself. If cook County Sheriff office wants to stake claims on something they need to clean up their own backyard. Leave Jaycox’s alone

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