Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik has been dismissed from injunction proceedings that centered on allegations claiming she tried to destroy public documents.
Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser filed an injunction June 1, 2017, that accused Lukasik of attempting to destroy records to cover up years of wrongdoing by Gasser’s predecessor, Robert Miler. Those records included receipts that Gasser said show Miller used public funds to buy handbags, women’s clothing and other personal items, according to Gasser’s filing. The injunction also names Miller and his wife, Anna May Miller, who worked as her husband’s secretary.
After a two-year legal battle, a judge on Oct. 29 signed an order stating that Lukasik no longer would be a party to the civil proceeding in any capacity. That includes a counter-claim she filed against Gasser and Township Supervisor Charles Lutzow, Lukasik’s attorney, Dave McArdle, said Thursday.
Lukasik made allegations against Lutzow, Gasser and Lutzow’s former chief of staff, Ryan Provenzano, in connection with an incident in which she claims she was spied on with a hidden Nest security camera in the township building. At the time, the records clerk believed other employees were moving, throwing away and withholding township and road department documents.
“If all township records are not inventoried and secured by Lukasik, they could be altered, tampered with, lost or destroyed, causing Lukasik and the public to suffer irreparable harm, as it will be impossible to identify who took the records and what, if any, records may have been copied before records were removed,” McArdle wrote in a July 31 filing.
Neither Lukasik nor Gasser’s attorney, Robert Hanlon, could immediately be reached for comment Thursday.
Lukasik previously offered to settle the matter with Lutzow under one of two conditions.
Either she would resign as township clerk and dismiss her counterclaim in exchange for $65,000, or she would keep her position and dismiss the counterclaim in exchange for $36,000.
At their meeting Wednesday night, Algonquin Township Board officials transferred $17,200 from clerk personnel-salaries to legal services for the clerk.
Trustee Dave Chapman asked, in light of Lukasik’s dismissal, if this would be the end of the legal fees that had to be paid.
Lukasik said she hopes so and that she thinks McArdle’s bills are up to date. If there was anything more that needed to be paid, she added, it would be minimal.
Algonquin Township Attorney James Kelly said he spoke to McArdle, who told him that he expected that his legal bills for representing the clerk would end after that court order was entered.
• Northwest Herald Reporter Cassie Buchman contributed to this article
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