Police Investigating Allegations Against Village Trustee

An anonymous letter accusing a village trustee of an inappropriate relationship with a municipal employee is now under investigation.

The allegations of an inappropriate relationship between a village trustee and a municipal employee are now under criminal investigation.

Mount Pleasant Police Chief Tim Zarzecki confirmed with Patch Thursday that his department has been asked to look into the allegations against Trustee Sonny Havn.

An anonymous letter was delivered to Village Hall on Oct. 5 accusing Havn of ethics violations and calling for his resignation. The letter was forwarded to the village's lawyers at Pruitt, Ekes and Geary, S.C. On Wednesday, Attorney Christopher Geary sent board members a response.

"Given the gravity of the allegations and the potentially significant ramifications therefrom, we believe it would be in the best interest of all involved if the Village Board would initiate an impartial investigation to determine the facts of the situation and, depending on what those facts are, whether any laws or ethical standards have been violated," he wrote.

Geary outlined two state statutes that could apply to the situation. One includes language about local officials' code of ethics and the second outlines criminal liability for misconduct in public office.

Village President James Majdoch Thursday said he started a complaint with MPPD because of those two statutes.

"It seemed pretty clear to me that we had to go this route after the village attorney pointed out the statutes," he told Patch when we reached him Thursday morning.

Zarzecki said the department was asked to look into a possible criminal investigation, but might ask another jurisdiction to take over.

"We are still determining whether or not to ask another agency to head the investigation to avoid any potential conflict of interest," he said.

Monica Bender October 20, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I live in M Pleasant and don't follow the local politics that closely but decided to read the articles and blogs on trustee Sonny Havn's predicament. Many of you have made poignant comments and many are just nonsensical and mean spirited. If Havn is having an affair or not what no one seems to be mentioning is Mrs Havn. He is married isn't he? How is all of this affecting his wife? the news of her husband having an affair or not has to be devastating for her. So should we care about Havn? probably not, he is a big boy but what about his wife? let's not forget her! which it appears all of you have. It is his character as a person and a husband that should be looked at..who does this to his wife?
Heather Asiyanbi October 20, 2012 at 10:44 PM
@Sissy - I never deleted your comment, but I did get notice that you had the same comment pending twice. As far as I know, your comment remains on that story.
Toni Hammes October 21, 2012 at 10:12 PM
I believe that Mr. Havn' wife died in the past year so would think it would be a case of 2 consenting adults dating and really none of our business!
Heather Asiyanbi October 21, 2012 at 10:18 PM
@Toni - Mrs. Havn has not passed away.
Monica Bender October 22, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Toni Hammes: I am not sure where you got your information from but obviously it is wrong. Thank you Heather for clearing this up. Two consenting adults?


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