Du Quoin Mayor Chooses Ousted Finance Commissioner’s Replacement

DU QUOIN – Du Quoin Mayor Guy Alongi announced Wednesday his choice to replace Finance Commissioner Dale Spencer on the City Council. It’s Jill Kirkpatrick and the council is expected to vote on her appointment Tuesday.

Kirkpatrick has a bachelor’s degree in business from SIU and later earned her MBA from SIUE. She later became bursar at SIU.

Spencer recently resigned as Finance Commissioner after an Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund audit found him to be in violation of pension regulations. He started collecting his pension after first serving on the City Council over 20 years ago and later worked for the city according to the Southern Illinoisan.

IMRF says since he was earning his pension for his previous service with the city, he could not serve on the council at the same time.

Spencer and the city plan to appeal the decision. Spencer does not plan to take his job back. IMRF says Spencer will have to repay pension payments he received while serving on the council, something he hopes will be reversed.