Kendall Coroner Ken Toftoy stated in one July 19, 2012 Record /Sentinel story
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that “he couldn’t recall how much sick time she (Administrative Deputy Coroner Purcell) had available for maternity leave but it allowed enough for two leaves.” During the two “missing at work” periods in question, in both 2010 and 2011, Mrs. Purcell was off over a combined period of 28 weeks. (See
pages 37-38 of 61 and 50-51 of 61 for documented On-Call Duty gaps/absences)
Mrs. Purcell was being paid her entire/full salary during these two absences as if she was in fact at work fulltime, each and every day during both these absences. Mrs. Purcell is now expecting her and Kendall County Board Chairman, John Purcell’s third child. Mrs. Purcell’s has an expected maternity due date sometime in Oct. 2012.
Assuming Mrs. Purcell never took any sick/personal time from her hire date of 8-1-2003 to her first maternity leave, which started 7-7-2010 and lasted to 11-8-2010, (See pages 37-38 of 61 http://yorkvilleinsider.org/Purcell/j_purcell_on_call_sheets.pdf ) she could have accumulated enough personal/sick time to cover her first fully paid absence. During this first fully paid absence, Mrs. Purcell would have exhausted all the personal/sick time she had accumulated. Later in same news story, Mr. Toftoy states, “she (Mrs. Purcell) had (in 2011) five and half weeks, she used it up and came back to work.” According to County “On-Call Records,” Mrs. Purcell’s was absent (See pages 50-51 of 61 http://yorkvilleinsider.org/Purcell/j_purcell_on_call_sheets.pdf) from 7-7-2011 to 10-21-2011, yet again received her full-time/full pay salary as if she was at work that entire period of time. During this second absence, according to county employment policy, (http://yorkvilleinsider.org/purcell/employ_handbook_2011.docx = large file, you may have to wait for file to load = Kendall County Employee Handbook, see section 6, pages 36 to 55, please note Sections 6.2, 6.6 and 6.9. It is the employment reference manual for ALL Kendall County Employees)
Mrs. Purcell would have had only five and half weeks of personal/sick time accumulated in 2011 and would have used up all that she had accumulated by early Sept. 2011, if the Kendall County Employee Handbook had been followed. During this second absence, Mrs. Purcell again received her full salary as if she was at work full-time every day during the balance of Sept. and into Oct. of 2011. Mrs. Purcell is currently again pregnant with the John Purcell’s third child; she will still only have just another five and half weeks of personal/sick time for her upcoming third maternity leave.
Why is the Kendall County Board Chairman’s wife being treated differently than all other county employees? Why was she receiving her full salary for not being at work? Will Kendall County Employment Practices and County Employment Policy, as outlined in the Kendall County Employee Handbook and officially signed off on and by Mrs. Purcell on 4-24-2012, be followed by her in the months of Sept. /Oct. /Nov. and possibly Dec. 2012? Or will Kendall County Coroner, Ken Toftoy, just wing it again. Mr. Toftoy has went on the record (see page 4 of 11, March 23, 2012 Kendall County Coroner’s Office Memorandum and page 8 of 11 for Mrs. Purcell’s 4-24-20 12 confirmation of receipt of the Kendall County Employee Handbook http://www.yorkvilleinsider.org/Purcell/purcellfoia.pdf) and has stated publicly the he can basically do anything he wants, after all it is HIS Office and HIS Office’s Money, in HIS Budget and HE ALONE will decide
again, just how to handle this expected and upcoming maternity leave for John
and Mrs. Purcell’s third child. The question to you and me is, “Will we, the county taxpayers, again get to foot this bill for no work and still have to pay someone else to take Mrs. Purcell’s place yet a third time?”
During Mrs. Purcell’s 2011 absence, patronage employee, Matthew Prochaska was hired to take Mrs. Purcell’s place from (See page 2 of 9 http://www.yorkvilleinsider.org/Purcell/purcellstatement.pdf) 6-10-2011 to 10-28-2011. Mr. Prochaska is Kendall GOP Party Secretary https://sites.google.com/site/kendallcountyrepublicans/about-us)
for Mr. Toftoy, who is Chairman for the Kendall County Republican Party.
Mrs. Purcell confirmed in the 7-19-2012 Record/Sentinel news story she was back “On Call” in September 2010. No county payroll records exist for Mrs. Purcell ever taking a call in either Sept. 2010 or Sept. 2011 (http://yorkvilleinsider.org/Purcell/j_purcell_on_call_sheets.pdf) while someone else was hired full-time to take her place (see page 1 and 2 of 9, for substitutes hired in Mrs. Purcell’s place http://www.yorkvilleinsider.org/Purcell/purcellstatement.pdf) two separate times.
As stated in same Record/Sentinel story, County Credit Card records (http://yorkvilleinsider.org/Purcell/jrpurcell_cc7-24-11to7-29-11.pdf
= 16 pages) do confirm that Mrs. Purcell did in fact attend the Masters 14
Conference (page 2 and 3 of 16) for Advanced Death Investigations at St. Louis
University from 8AM, July 25 to 4PM, July 28, 2011. County Credit Card records
show daily Hyatt Regency room-charges for Valet Parking (page 6 of 16) for each
day billed. This Coroner’s Training event was a 4-day Conference, yet county
taxpayers were billed for valet parking each day. County Board Chairman John
Purcell accompanied Mrs. Purcell during this stay in downtown St. Louis, but
was apparently unwilling to park their car at the Hyatt for his pregnant wife,
so we, the tax payers, paid for that very much needed government service for
County Credit Card records also show Breakfast Room Service charges to Room 886, which we taxpayers paid for in the amount of $48.55 on (page 6 of 16 http://yorkvilleinsider.org/Purcell/jrpurcell_cc7-24-11to7-29-11.pdf) 7-25-2011, which included 1-Kid Turkey Dog, Mac-n-Cheese, and Apple Juice. On 7-26-2011, Breakfast Room Services were charged (Page 10 of 16 http://yorkvilleinsider.org/Purcell/jrpurcell_cc7-24-11to7-29-11.pdf) for $55.00, which included 1-Kid Fruit Cup and 1-Kid Apple Juice. Remember these are supposed to be legitimate and needed basic government service charges for one Kendall County Coroner’s Office employee on a training trip, not the entire Purcell family.
These are just some of the questionable “entitlement” credit card charges found to date and submitted by the Purcell’s and current Kendall County Coroner Ken Toftoy, which were paid by us taxpayers.
(http://www.todd4kendall.org/resources/toftoyexpense.pdf See page 6 thru 43 of 43) Then read Mr. Toftoy’s public explanation http://www.todd4kendall.org/resources/ls022312toftoy.pdf) about all these much “needed government services” we Kendall County Taxpayers APPROVED.
Ka-ching! Now you know why there is a tax-revolt.
For more reading and info here is the link to my prior blog = http://yorkville.patch.com/blog_posts/does-kendall-coroner-ken-toftoy-need-a-raise-and-should-i-vote-for-him