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Documents reveal O'Guinn's employment records

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Jody O'Guinn recived a 3% salary increase after his first six months. (Source: City of Carbondale) Jody O'Guinn recived a 3% salary increase after his first six months. (Source: City of Carbondale)
Jody O'Guinn's letter of termination as Chief of Police in Carbondale. (Source: City of Carbondale) Jody O'Guinn's letter of termination as Chief of Police in Carbondale. (Source: City of Carbondale)
A press release sent out on August 18, notifying the media of O'Guinn's termination. (Source: City of Carbondale) A press release sent out on August 18, notifying the media of O'Guinn's termination. (Source: City of Carbondale)
Jody O'Guinn's six month review. (Source: City of Carbondale) Jody O'Guinn's six month review. (Source: City of Carbondale)
Former Carbondale Police Chief Jody O'Guinn. (Source: KFVS News) Former Carbondale Police Chief Jody O'Guinn. (Source: KFVS News)
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Thirty-seven pages released to Heartland News on Friday detail former police chief Jody O'Guinn's employment with the Carbondale Police Department.

Yet, questions still remain unanswered as to why Jody O'Guinn was dismissed from duty.

Since his hire in 2009, O'Guinn received only one employee review, six-months-after his hire. As a result, O'Guinn was given a 3 percent raise in salary from $88,000 to a little over $90,000 per years.

He received a 2 percent raise each year after that.

O'Guinn was terminated with no severance pay.

The Carbondale City Council was notified "just before the press release went out to the public," according to a statement by Carbondale City Councilwoman Jane Adams.

"Did the Chief's actions present imminent danger to the City?" Adams wrote in a statement. "If so, then place him on administrative leave."

A statement released last week from City Manager Kevin Baity's office calls it, "a confidential matter," and O'Guinn's termination letter was similar citing "personnel reasons."

"As a result of the City Manager's action, Mr. O'Guinn may never be able to get a job in his professional field again," Adams wrote. "He deserved better."

Some have speculated that recent lawsuits filed against the city or current unsolved cases may have played a role in his dismissal.

Baity stressed it had "nothing to do with" any pending litigation.

The city has not yet posted the application to hire a new police chief.

"Whatever the narrow legal, or broader political, justification for the City Manager's actions, this is not the way I want the City to which I've given my heart to treat the people who work for us," Adams wrote.

Heartland News is working to bring you developments on this story.

The Carbondale City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26. Watch the live stream of the meeting here.

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