Cissna Park official resigns; no reason given

Cissna Park official resigns; no reason given

CISSNA PARK — Village officials remain tight-lipped about why the town's village clerk resigned from her elected position and was fired from her appointed job as village collector and bookkeeper last week.

The Cissna Park Village Board voted during a Sept. 17 meeting to dismiss Rhonda Sue Siebert as village collector and bookkeeper, village board President Rick Baier confirmed Friday. During the same meeting, the board accepted Siebert's resignation as village clerk, Baier said.

But Baier declined to disclose why the action was taken.

"I really am not allowed to say," Baier said. "I have been advised by (legal) counsel not to say anything at this time."

The village's attorney, Jennifer Simutis of Watseka, also declined comment Friday.

No criminal charges have been filed against Siebert, according to records kept online by the Iroquois County circuit clerk's office.

State's Attorney Jim Devine said Friday he was not permitted to talk about the situation, and Devine would neither confirm nor deny an ongoing investigation.

Sheriff Derek Hagen did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Siebert had been Cissna Park's village clerk since January 1993. She was most recently elected to a four-year term in 2009 after running unopposed. Her vacated term expires in April 2013.

While serving as village clerk, Siebert also served as an appointed village collector/bookkeeper.

Baier said the village hopes to fill the two vacated jobs in October. Baier said the village will likely appoint one person to fill each role.

"We're looking at all our options right now, and we'll make a decision at the next meeting," Baier said.

Siebert could not be reached for comment. Her listed telephone number was no longer in service.

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