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Prairie State Chair's Stepdad Nabs Full-Time Administrative Position

The college's faculty representative is fuming about the board's decision to appoint Leo Alexander to a human resources position during a time when the board is actively fighting nepotism among the faculty.

Board of Trustees Chair Jacqueline Agee's stepfather has been appointed to yet another $80,000-a-year job at Prairie State College, but this time it isn't temporary, according to a college official.

Leo Alexander, who was appointed to the position of temporary director of labor relations just over a year ago, was made the assistant director of human resources at the board's Dec. 4 meeting, according to Faculty Representative John H. Flannigan. 

Read: Prairie State Chair Agee In Hot Seat After Stepdad's $80K Hire

Furthermore, the position was upgraded from a higher-level clerical job to an administrative one, according to Flannigan.

But while the status of the position went up, the minimum education requirements decreased from a master's degree to a bachelor's degree to fit Alexander's credentials, Flannigan added.

"In the past the board has never been this brazen," Flannigan said. "But the board has always caused the most trouble for themselves when they have attempted to influence the hiring of people and push for the candidacy of a friend or relative and then not have a search for the position."

Flannigan said he predicted the board would make this move during his comments at a Jan. 31, 2012 meeting.

"It all happened as it was predicted," Flannigan said. "To have somebody already in mind for the job, it just smacks of a corrupt process." 

While Agee has yet to respond to Patch for comment, she maintains that the initial hiring of Alexander did not violate board policy.

In spite of Alexander's appointment, the board approved for final reading a nepotism policy at its Dec. 4 meeting. The catch is that it only applies to Prairie State employees, not the board. 

Trustee Wendell Mosby opposed the policy during a voting session at the Oct. 30 meeting, saying it was the board's way of retaliating against faculty that opposed Alexander's initial hiring. Mosby then walked out of that meeting and removed the quorum, which led to his censure last week.

Read: Prairie State Board Censures Trustee After Strategic Walk-out

"In my heart of hearts I felt (the nepotism policy) was specifically retaliation because of that hire," Mosby said. "I know that’s all it was. It was like ‘take that.'"

There is a definite divide between the faculty and the board because of perceived cronyism, nepotism and favoritism, according to Flannigan. Mosby also noted a sour relationship between the two sides.

"It always feels like it's us against them and not us working together," Mosby said.

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honey December 14, 2012 at 03:41 PM
They should be ashamed of themselves and slapped! Speaking for all the Master and higher leveled educated under payed people in the PSC district and I L under employed. BLAST this mess!!!
NotBuyingIt December 14, 2012 at 08:53 PM
This is ridiculous... Is there a process for recall?? What recourse is there to remove Agee and Alexander?? I'm calling for Alexander to remove himself from consideration for this position!!! I'm calling for Agee to step down. This is atrocious behavior and should not stand. I don't care if this individual is qualified or not, we can't even have the "appearance" of impropriety and nepotism. Agee should resign for not having enough good judgement to see this.
Victor December 17, 2012 at 08:52 AM
this is just another of corruption in cook county along with cook county officals,jesse,sandy,the mayor and dont let me forget our good ole chicago hts cops................BTW what happen to the cop that was off duty going down the wrong way on halsted? nothing at all posted here.i wonder
Victor December 17, 2012 at 08:54 AM
THE DAY I LEAVE THIS COUNTY WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE......

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