Mayor, former mayor clash in Pinckneyville

2012-07-15T06:00:00Z 2013-07-29T14:29:12Z Mayor, former mayor clash in PinckneyvilleBY BRENT STEWART, The Southern The Southern
July 15, 2012 6:00 am  • 

PINCKNEYVILLE — Bad blood between Pinckneyville’s current and former mayors has spilled out into the public arena.

Former Mayor Joseph Holder spoke to the City Council last week; he had been put on the agenda to address “the subject of health insurance and coverage of medical insurance for employees.”

Holder read a statement and submitted four documents to the council. In the statement, Holder accused Mayor August Kellerman of “political retaliation, discrimination, intimidation and official misconduct by an elected official,” specifically, against Holder’s son, Pinckneyville police Officer James Holder.

Joseph Holder also claimed the city of Pinckneyville has “willfully withheld medical payments from injuries sustained by Officer Holder in the line of duty.”

The statement closed with Holder saying, “I will be waiting for an answer from the appropriable authorities with jurisdiction in this matter.”

The accompanying documents include a statement from April by James Holder recounting an incident in which he said Kellerman angrily confronted him about stories in the Pinckneyville Press, for which Jessica Holder — James’ sister and Joseph’s daughter — is a reporter.

Pinckneyville Press Publisher Jeff Egbert said Jessica Holder’s coverage of the Kellerman family only included articles concerning the Pinckneyville Community High School Board’s actions, including its handling of Nolan Kellerman’s employment. Egbert said he was the writer on other occasions.

Officer Holder said he drove himself to Pinckneyville Community Hospital for high blood pressure after the confrontation with Mayor Kellerman.

Another document Joseph Holder presented was an apology letter on city letterhead from Kellerman to James Holder regarding the confrontation.

City Attorney Roger Siebert could not be reached Friday.

The Southern Illinoisan has a Freedom of Information Act request pending with the city of Pinckneyville for information on James Holder’s workman’s compensation claims and standing.

James Holder has been a full-time Pinckneyville police officer since September 2009.

His father also entered into the council’s written record a December 2011 letter from his son to Police Chief John Griffin in which James Holder said Kellerman threatened to make his life as a city employee difficult.

Griffin, in response, wrote James Holder that neither he nor Assistant Chief Kenneth Kelley was aware of anything that would endanger James Holder’s job.

Union County State’s Attorney David Stanton said Illinois State Police had presented him with statements regarding certain allegations in the Kellerman-Holder dispute, but after a review of the statements and the law, Stanton said he found nothing indicating he or state troopers should become involved.

“I don’t believe the facts supported a criminal charge,” Stanton said.

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  1. SickandTired
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    SickandTired - July 16, 2012 5:51 am
    Everybody needs to understand that the former Mayoe Holder is a cry baby and a trouble maker. He hopes to run again for mayor and is trying to make himself look good in everybody's eyes. I hope people do not fall for that. Jessica Holder will use her position at a local paper to be able to slam Kellerman every chance she gets. NOT good for that paper. Jimmy Holder is NOT a good cop. Scared of his own shadow. BUT, Daddy got him the job, so we are stuck with him. The chief of police is Holders friend so he is feeding anything that happens to him so he can start trouble. Unless you live here people, don't pass judgement. The Holders are trouble makers.
  2. boone76
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    boone76 - July 16, 2012 5:30 am
    Oh Please.....

    I'm not about to make excuses for the local politicians of Pinckneyville but to try and shame all the good citizens there is wrong headed. They need to step up at the ballot box just like all the citizens of Illinois. On a national level we all have a lot of room to improve.
  3. MrLincolnsCrying
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    MrLincolnsCrying - July 15, 2012 11:38 pm
    Must be really embarassing to live there! It's "good ol' boy's' on steroids - crooked politics and nepotism from the school boards right on up. I can remember when it was a nice looking little town but it's really taken a beating and gone downhill in the last 10 years. Not much left but sports and a prison. Sad.
  4. wow
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    wow - July 15, 2012 10:06 pm
    And still another Kellerman is arrested for lewd acts. Just your everyday offense except he happened to be the sheriff of Perry County. If people gave a damn they wouldnt elect these people to office so quit complaining.
  5. workinonit
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    workinonit - July 15, 2012 5:06 pm
    To have your local elected officials, and the nepotism, favoritism, cronyism and corruption they're continuously involved in, looked at as a nonstop joke in Illinois really says something considering that, on the State level, Illinois, and the nepotism, favoritism, cronyism and corruption that it's elected officials are continuously involved in is looked at as a nonstop joke on the National level. Sad.
  6. former resident SIUC
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    former resident SIUC - July 15, 2012 2:40 pm
    Can't these hillbillies all just get along.
  7. whowhatwhenwherewhy
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    whowhatwhenwherewhy - July 15, 2012 1:07 pm
    GeorgeK what nepotism are you referring to, the fact that James Holder only got his job because Joe Holder was the mayor at the time? And please don't tell me the medical expenses incurred during the line of duty was high blood pressure because of a chat with the mayor. I can see it now James Holder gets called out to a domestic abuse and faints because of his high blood pressure because he can't deal with the stress, doesn't sound like he's cut out for a stressful police job.
  8. GeorgeK
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    GeorgeK - July 15, 2012 9:24 am
    Is this what happens when nepotism is allowed in local politics?
  9. Proud Saluki Alum
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    Proud Saluki Alum - July 15, 2012 6:46 am
    It is time for this one family WRECKING crew to be voted out of their respsective offices in Pinckneyville. A son of the Mayor is President of the School Board of the local high school and has had controversy surrounding him as well, including having resumes of applicants for Superintendent mailed directly to his home. Another son who is both a coach and teacher at the high school, appeared in a now famous, or should I saw infamous, video taken from a police car onboard camera. It was ONLY through the Freedeom of Information Act that the video went public!

    One final thing, the Perry County Sherriff who had a night to remember in Caseyville, IL a number of months ago, happens to share the SAME last name as the Mayor and his upstanding (sarcasm free of charge) two sons!
  10. Proud Saluki Alum
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    Proud Saluki Alum - July 15, 2012 6:39 am
    Since when did Pinckneyville move to "Union County"......come on Brent Stewart, get it right, Perry County!
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