Oakileaks has struck again with a posting that shows then 6th District Trustee Tom Phelan ordering the Human Resources Director to copy a paramedic’s comments on an Oak Lawn Patch story and provide copies to himself, the Village Manager, the Fire Chief and the Village Attorney.
Oakileaks, a Facebook page that appears to be fashioned after Wikileaks, posted the email last week without stating how it was obtained. The administrator of the page did introduce the post with the following message:
Where do employees turn when Human Resources is part of the problem?
The Village Manager Larry Deetjen, Fire Chief George W. Sheets, HR Director Daniel Omiecinski and Village Attorney Paul O’Grady were being directed by Trustee Phelan.
The email was written at 7:44 a.m. before the village opened for business. It refers to Robert Lanz, who was then serving the Village of Oak Lawn as a firefighter/paramedic. Phelan claimed in the email message that “Lanz on an all out war on his blogging….”.
Even though it is only 7:44 a.m., Phelan claims that he had already sent materials over to Oak Lawn Patch Editor Lorraine Swanson and “suggested” that she post it.
Most troubling, however, may be Phelan’s order to Dan Omiecinski, the Village’s Human Resources Director, to copy Lanz’s comments on stories in the Oak Lawn Patch.
The Society for Human Resource Management provides a Code of Ethics to be followed by all Human Resource professionals. One of the “core principals” of its Code of Ethics states:
HR professionals consider and protect the rights of individuals, especially in the acquisition and dissemination of information while ensuring truthful communications and facilitating informed decision-making.
One of the guidelines listed in implementing those core principals is that the professional human resources staff “Ensure only appropriate information is used in decisions affecting the employment relationship.”
The only previous post from the Oakileaks page is another email communication in which Phelan demands that another employee, suspected by him of spreading a rumor, be questioned and disciplined. That email also was sent to human resources, the village manager and the village attorney. Thus far the new Facebook page has not indicated how often it will post village emails or how it received the emails.
Phelan served eight years as a Village Trustee before becoming Mayor Sandra Bury’s campaign manager and then chief political adviser for four years. He is once again seeking to be elected as the Trustee in District 6. Despite claiming support for term limits, Phelan will have served 16 consecutive years in power if elected in April.
Deetjen, Sheets, and Omiecinski were reportedly hired after Phelan was elected in 2005. O’Grady is the village attorney appointed by Deetjen. Phelan is supported by Mayor Sandra Bury and her political organization.