Riverdale mayor accused of abusing state job

CHICAGO – A suburban Chicago mayor has been accused by Illinois' inspector general of conducting village and personal business while getting paid for state work.

The inspector general contends Riverdale Mayor Deyon Dean abused his position as associate director for the Department of Human Services' Division of Community Health and Prevention. The report says Dean attended village meetings and "spent the equivalent of weeks of time" talking on cellphones while at work.

Attorney general spokeswoman Maura Possley said Thursday the office is reviewing the report.

Attorney Burt Odelson said the mayor tried to juggle his state work and Riverdale work, often conducting village business on his lunch hour and breaks. He added the allegations of misconduct are untrue.

Dean said he left his state job in August to concentrate on mayoral duties.