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President’s conduct is ‘unacceptable’

Published: Saturday, March 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

On March 8, the village of Johnsburg posted a press release to the news media and its residents maliciously chastising a Johnsburg family.

For the record, President Ed Hettermann confirmed having made a unilateral decision to post the press release without first consulting village trustees.

For those unaware, the wife of the family in question is Mr. Hettermann’s opponent in the upcoming election for village president. Furthermore, the electronic media tools used in the posting are those belonging to the village and are supported and paid for with taxpayer dollars.

Conduct of this nature is reprehensible, and to use the village’s assets to campaign under the guise of a village press release is unacceptable.

To Frank and Margaret Haney, I offer my personal, sincere apology as your elected official and acknowledge your rights as residents to speak in a public forum and access documents that are part of the public record.

I believe similar regrets will be forthcoming from other board members.

Ron Zanko

Village of Johnsburg trustee

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