A Romeoville resident is calling on a village trustee to step down because he was charged with driving on a revoked license.
Trustee Kenneth Griffin, 65, was charged in June after an Illinois State Police 0fficer pulled him over in Will County, according to Charles Pelkie, a spokesman for the Will County state's attorney's office. His license was revoked in 2012 after he received a DUI while in Arizona, Pelkie said.
Griffin served four days in jail last month after he voluntarily had his bond revoked. The judge also sentenced him to a year of court supervision, 140 hours of community service and to pay $250.00 in fines and court costs, according to Pelkie
Griffin said during a phone interview last week that he decided to revoke his bond as part of a plea deal with the judge to avoid a lengthy court trial. Pelkie, however, could not confirm if that was the reason for revoking the bond.
Resident Tomasz Suliga, who is also a community activist, wants Griffin to step down from his trustee position. "I haven't even heard an apology yet (from Griffin)," Suliga told trustees during a public forum in September. "This is not right."
Romeoville Mayor John Noak attempted to cut Suliga's comments short, cautioning him that comments of a personal nature should be restricted during open forum. Suliga disagreed and told Noak that "this is business of the village" and added that "anyone sitting up here (on the board) is someone who represents the village."
Noak could not be reached for a comment.
Griffin said that the charges against him are embarrassing and added that he was not aware that his license was revoked. "It involved an incident in another state," Griffin said after the meeting. "I didn't know that my license was revoked. It (the incident) was very embarrassing."
Griffin said that he has offered to step down from the board but has not been asked to do it. "I would like to continue serving on the board," Griffin said. "I am retired and have plenty of time to do it. Some trustees can't attend things during the day because they have to work, but I am often available to go."
Griffin, a Vietnam War veteran, also serves on the village Veterans Commission and is a past member of the Senior (Citizens) Commission. Griffin said he still doesn't have his license back and is relying on family and friends to transport him around the area.
"It's also been hard on my wife and my friends," Griffin said. "I just want to put this whole incident behind me."