BRADLEY — The Bradley Village Board on Monday night voted to fire the village’s IT director, but it did not give a reason.
The board also approved a release agreement with the director, Chuck Elliot. The vote was subject to Elliot’s approval. Elliott said in an earlier interview that the agreement means the village would pay him his earned vacation and personal time.
The unanimous decision to fire Elliot was made after a 40 minute closed session.
Earlier Monday, Elliot, 57, said that after he was diagnosed with cancer in February, the village hired a company to do some of his work.
“They thought, ‘We don’t need him anymore,’” Elliot said. “They’re trying to twist it a little bit. They’re trying to get rid of me for some small excuse.”
He said that “small excuse” was a sub account associated with a cellphone the village issued him years ago.
A former village administrator, he said, allowed him to create the sub account to get phones for his son and daughter, expenses he said he covered personally.
Elliot said the current village administrator, Catherine Wojnarowski, contended that he never got permission to get the other account and that neither she nor Mayor Mike Watson knew about it.
He said he had no plans to attend Monday’s meeting.
“I don’t have the time or energy to fight (Wojnarowski) over this. Just pay me what you owe me and leave me alone,” he said.
Bradley officials would not comment afterward on why they fired Elliot.
The mayor said he wasn’t sure how the village would fill the position.