Mayor Accused Of Impersonating An Officer While On Bond For Felony Charges

Alorton Mayor Jo Ann Reed was spotted weaving through traffic in a village-owned patrol car with flashing lights.

Caseyville, IL – An Illinois mayor who gave herself authority to use a village-owned patrol vehicle to go about her daily business is under investigation for accusations that she impersonated a police officer.

The incident occurred on the afternoon of Sep. 15, when a driver on Interstate 63 eastbound spotted a vehicle weaving in and out of traffic with blue and red lights activated, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

A sign reading, “Mayor Jo Ann Reed” was plastered across the side of the vehicle, the other driver told the Illinois State Police emergency line dispatcher.

“A black four-door passenger car with a spotlight displayed on the side,” the dispatcher alerted over the police radio. “Mayor Jo Ann Reed displayed on the side.”

Police did not locate the vehicle on Saturday.

The vehicle description matched that of a village-owned patrol car driven by 60-year-old Alorton Mayor Jo Ann Reed.

Reed has been accused of using the patrol car – which is also equipped with a siren – for personal outings in nearby communities, and faced backlash when she was spotted displaying a handicapped placard that did not belong to her from the vehicle’s mirror back in July.

“It’s a perk of a mayor,” Alorton Mayor Jo Ann Reed told KTVI in February, after a reporter asked her why an impoverished village should provide her with a vehicle.

“We did not approve that,” Alorton village Trustee Gwen McCallum told the Belleville News-Democrat, regarding Reed’s self-granted authority to utilize the patrol vehicle.

On Saturday, Reed was seen singing Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” as she danced and greeted attendees at the Alorton Fireman’s Picnic, and had the patrol vehicle parked at village hall during the festivities, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

Alorton Trustee Elesia Golliday-Brown told KMOV that the events also included a parade, and that Reed had activated the patrol vehicle’s lights as she traveled the parade route.

“Her car has lights,” Golliday-Brown said. “She was in the parade, right in front of me. She was behind the very last fire truck.”

Reed mistakenly left the lights on after the parade, and police were not investigating the incident, Golliday-Brown said.

But according to St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly, the matter has been turned over to the Illinois State Police Public Corruption Task Force.

Reed was out on bond for a felony voting fraud offense when the most recent incident took place.

“We have asked the public corruption task force to add this to their current investigations involving this defendant,” Kelly told the Belleview News-Democrat. “If she had any shame, she’d do the people of Alorton a favor and resign. But at this point we are preparing to take her to trial.”

In 2013, the mayor was also working as a records clerk for the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department when she pleaded guilty to a felony offense for smuggling a cell phone into a jail facility for her niece, who had been charged with assault, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

“It is an unfortunate situation for me,” she told the paper at the time. “I have been told by numerous officers that bringing money, cellphones and cigarettes into the jail is a common practice…I am a good person, and the people who really know me will tell anybody that.”

She subsequently resigned from her mayoral position, and was fired from the sheriff’s department.

As a condition of her plea agreement, Reed successfully completed chemical dependency treatment, which allowed the felony conviction to be erased from her record.

Without a felony conviction on her criminal history, Reed was able to run for mayor again, which she did.

But in December of 2016, she and seven other Illinois public officials were arrested as the result of Operation Watchtower, a joint federal and state investigation, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

Reed was charged with knowingly giving or promising to give money to another person to vote or to influence that person to vote for or against any candidate, and electioneering within 100 feet of a polling place.

She was re-elected as mayor in April of 2017.

In July of the same year, village trustees voted to give Reed sole authority for hiring and firing village employees.

“I think everyone has enough trust in me that I can make the decisions,” Reed told the Belleville News-Democrat at the time.

According to a criminal complaint, by December of 2017, Reed was charged for demoting Alorton Police Sergeant Leon Hughes “in retaliation for his testimony in a proceeding where [Hughes] had reasonable cause to believe that the information in this testimony disclosed a violation of state or federal law,” the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

The complaint alleged that Reed had “performed an act which she knew was forbidden by law…in that she committed the offense of official misconduct” by violating the Illinois Whistle Blower Act, according to the paper.

In February, Sgt. Hughes sued the village, Alorton Police Chief David Clark, and Reed for “shunning him,” the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

Reed has been charged with felony vote buying and official misconduct, and is scheduled to go to trial on Nov. 13, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.

Comments (34)
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thebronze
thebronze

Typical DemocRAT. It's what they do...

PastLivesMatter
PastLivesMatter

Who the hell are these voters that keep re-electing her?

JBo
JBo

"I am a good person..."

Ummm...no, actually you aren't.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Just another 'entitled" member of society who idiots continually vote in. Hopefully she will end up in jail for a while. It's the peoples fault for voting her in.

mauiisl
mauiisl

“I have been told by numerous officers that bringing money, cellphones and cigarettes into the jail is a common practice…I am a good person,"

Pick a lie, any lie.

Hoping to read her obituary soon.

sturnman22
sturnman22

They deserve what/who they elect. Shit happens and they now have a shithead!

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

Sounds to me like the dumb asses in that Town deserve the bitch. They keep voting her in and they voted for the Trustees that keep giving her more power.

Yah Me
Yah Me

So many of these people are like children, and far too many of them are not fit to hold positions of responsibility and public trust. Along with decadence of Hollywood, the Trojan Horse of Affirmative Action, and the across-the-board lowering of academic standards to accommodate this segment of the so-called "minority" population, our republic and our culture has been, and remains in rapid decline.

BigGold
BigGold

Sounds like the Perfect Democratic Candidate!Wait a minute here, is that Maxine Waters?😜

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Liberal Demoncrats Can't win without Cheating and cannot live without Lying, It's A Fact!

Bad Bob
Bad Bob

Why did I know that this skank would be a POC before I saw her picture?

Grog
Grog

Typical for her kind....................

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

HAHAHAH just like Marion Barry, she just keeps winning. Of course voter fraud, I would think this would be a call for a do-over LOL. Illinois...continues to give.

61mouse
61mouse

Is that a younger version of Maxim Watters

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

What is it about blacks and obeying the law? How can they continually wonder why they have so many run ins with LEO's? Are they truly that dense or do they continually keep thinking they will continually get away with it and/or "whitey laws" don't apply to them?

Its bad enough those common citizens who abuse the general laws of society. You would think that those who rise to a position of stature would try to make a positive example ....but all it seems to do is reinforce why they should be voted out asap or maybe never voted in. So often you see blacks ,political positions, abuse of position and corruption as if they are inseparable. She is obviously immature and ignorant with no business being in any position such as described.

61mouse
61mouse

She only won because she is black

fellingburg
fellingburg

she was having her spartacus moment

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Do as I say, Not as I do for I am above the law. It applies to everyone but me. If she was short, fat, white and smoked big cigars we'd call her Boss Hog.(from the Dukes of Hazard for all you young people)

Stanracer
Stanracer

Hard to tell of this woman is a criminal or just a nut job!🤔

Propolice
Propolice

If she was white she wouldn’t be getting away with all this crap for so long. This is an example of why blacks are always being tangled up with our police. We need to stop letting things go because we are afraid to offend the blacks. They should be policing their own as well.

Louise S
Louise S

This woman fell off the weave truck one too many times ☻

LynnSB
LynnSB

Why isn't this Crazy B*tches Bond REVOKED and put in a Cell ??? If she were White she would have been a long time ago !!

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

Bitch looks like Maxine Waters' cousin.

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

Is she starting to grow a second nose? Yuck. Get that shit hacked off!