City responds to request for documents relating to Marquardt

December 15, 2018

DeKALB – City officials said they “cannot confirm or deny the existence” of arrest records or police reports involving former 3rd Ward Alderman Michael Marquardt.

In a response to a Freedom of Information Act request, FOIA officer Shelly Jureczek cited four reasons for not confirming the existence of any documents, two of which related to potential interference in criminal investigations. Additionally, city and DeKalb police officials have been tight-lipped regarding any pending investigations.

“If there were responsive records, the [FOIA] request would not be eligible for release for the following reasons,” Jureczek said in her response, citing any disclosure of records, if they existed, would “interfere with pending law enforcement proceedings” or “obstruct an ongoing criminal investigation.” The other two reasons include the inability to disclose any private information of public officials or release any personal identifying details.

Sgt. Jacqueline Sepeda, public information officer with the Illinois State Police, could not confirm or deny an investigation, but directed any further inquiries to DeKalb police.

DeKalb Deputy Police Chief John Petragallo could not comment on, confirm or deny any investigation. Mayor Jerry Smith on Friday said he could not offer any comment on the matter, either.

Marquardt resigned from the City Council suddenly on Dec. 6. Additionally, Marquardt left employment at the Kishwaukee Country Club the same week.

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