WATCH NOW: Calumet City mayor calls for clerk’s resignation in wake of audit

CALUMET CITY — Mayor Thaddeus Jones called on Clerk Nyota Figgs to resign on Monday as details of an forensic audit into her office was unveiled.

Calumet City Mayor Thaddeus Jones reports on the results of an audit into the office of Clerk Nyota Figgs.

Mike Clark, The Times

Among the findings by auditor Alyssia Benford, of Benford Brown and Associates, for the three fiscal years ending on April 30, 2021:

• The clerk’s office failed to record more than 3,000 parking tickets, leading to a projected loss in city revenue of $1.1 million;

• The clerk’s office mishandled property liens, including recording some twice, failing to record others for years and not reporting lien releases to Cook County;

Calumet City Mayor Thaddeus Jones speaks at a Monday news conference revealing details of an audit conducted on the office of Clerk Nyota Figgs.

Mike Clark

•  The clerk, acting as city collector, failed to turn over funds to the city treasurer within seven days, as required by the municipal code;

• The clerk’s office improperly disposed of city documents without approval from the Illinois Local Records Commission.

"We have uncovered some serious, serious malfeasance in the city clerk’s office," Jones said at a news conference called to release some results of the ongoing audit. "The appropriate thing for the clerk to do is possibly resign because I don’t think she’s capable of handling her duties."

Jones said copies of the audit report were delivered to city council members and Figgs on Monday. Through a spokesperson, Figgs denied receiving a copy of the report and declined comment on most of its contents.


December 21, 2021 at 07:36AM

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