Oakileaks, which has released two other emails previously, released a series of emails yesterday on Facebook that shows Trustee Tom Phelan using the Human Resources Director to provide personnel private information regarding certain employees of the village.
Phelan, who crafted the infamous “Phelan Hit List” after managing the successful election of Mayor Sandra Bury and her allies in 2013, wasted little time in requesting information about village employees. As seen by the emails that were posted last night, Phelan, who was a Village Trustee at the time, wrote to Dan Omiecinski at 9:50 a.m. using Omiecinski’s personal email to ask various questions contained on the chart below.
Omiecinski responds, also using his personal email but he apparently forwarded the email to an unknown party at the Village of Oak Lawn. The name was redacted on the Oakileaks’ document release.
The questions involve individual employees such as Scott Allen, a firefighter, and Eileen Allen, who was a dispatcher. Phelan asked if two different addresses, one in Hometown and one in Monee belonged to Eileen Allen.
Phelan also asked if Mike Ciaverella, a senior bus driver was listed at an address provided by Phelan and whether there was a Jean Ciavarella in the Village’s employee records at the same address. Omiecinski answered that the village didn’t have a Jean Ciavarella in the personnel records.
Phelan asked about Scott Kreydich, asking what a “tech specialist” is and when Kreydich was hired by the fire department. Omiecinski again complied with the request explaining to Phelan that Kreydich was originally an intern and was given full time status in January of 2011 by Fire Chief George Sheets.
Phelan noted that he had two different addresses for a police officer, named Lutzke. He asked if Joseph Lutzke at a Darien address was the same as Michael Lutzke in Oak Lawn. Omiecinski responded that Joseph Lutzke is a police officer but when he was entered into the system, he was entered as Michael originally and then it was corrected.
Another request makes it clear that Phelan is demanding that Omiecinski should check the Human Resources file to see if there is a person named Curcilyn who is a meter reader in the water department. Omiecinski complies with the request telling Phelan he is correct.
Most troubling and perhaps most illuminating is Phelan’s apparent attempt to correct human resource records that he may have accessed. In his request to Omiecinski, Phelan is concerned about a Public works department employee, James DeMoss, and he states in his email:
House number is wrong in HR system, correct number is above ‘9815’
Omiecinski amazingly answers that the HR system has James DeMoss at that address.
In a follow up email sent after the two emails above, Phelan follows up and the whole conversation is forwarded to an unknown employee at the Village. In that email conversation, which takes place later in the day, Phelan asks follow up questions including whether Scott and Eileen Allen are divorced and why they have two addresses. He also asks if Scott Allen is “still active”.
Omiecinski complies with the request noting that the Allen’s remain married and stating that they have always listed the two addresses.
On Curcilyn, Phelan writes that he shows Curt and Traci Strom at the address but not a “Curcilyn”. He then asks Omiecinski if Curcilyn is a daughter or older relative. Interestingly Omiecinski replies that “we believe Curcilyn is a daughter or relative of Curt and Traci Strom but we can not prove it.” He doesn’t explain who “we” is and why anyone would be trying to prove what the familial relationship is between the individuals.
He also asks for Officer Lutzke’s correct address, which Omiecinski provides.
The request for personal information from personnel files is unusual in government or private business. The Village of Oak Lawn routinely redacts personal identifying information in Freedom of Information requests from the public.
According to the Illinois State Officials And Employees Ethics Act:
Employees are prohibited from intentionally performing prohibited political activity during any compensated time, including lunch time. Compensated time does not include vacation, personal or compensated time off.
April 22, 2013 was a work day and it appears that the emails were all sent during normal business hours.