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Friday, July 14, 2017 03:43 pm

Back in the saddle

Sherman hires former parks director


The village of Sherman has hired Michael Stratton, former director of the Springfield Park District who departed the district under pressure four years ago.

The Sherman board of trustees unanimously approved the hiring of Stratton on Tuesday as village administrator and director of economic development. He will be paid $60,000 a year and serve at the pleasure of Mayor Trevor Clatfelter.

Stratton left the park district in 2013 after district officials discovered that he had paid himself and other top parks officials more than $160,000 for unused vacation time. Stratton resigned when the payments, plus a cash advance that he had given himself, came to light. Under Stratton’s tenure, the district was also hit with several critical audits, with auditors finding that district credit cards had been used to purchase alcohol and bestow tips in excess of 25 percent.

Clatfelter said that he’s known Stratton for many years and was aware of his troubles at the park district.

“I’m not concerned,” Clatfelter said. “I believe he’s going to do a good job for us. … I know there were a couple of things (at the park district). There have been a lot of years since that took place. I’m not going to let that eliminate him from this.”

Contact Bruce Rushton at brushton@illinoistimes.com.

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