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Forest worker quits in wake of DUI charge

Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
by STEVE PATTERSON

A Cook County Forest Preserve worker with political ties to Board President John Stroger quit his job Tuesday, days after he allegedly plowed a district vehicle into four cars and was charged with drunken driving.

Walter McClendon resigned just before a disciplinary hearing stemming from the Friday incident.

McClendon, who was on duty when the accident happened, had worked under the supervision of his son-in-law as a laborer until just last week.

McClendon was one of 15 forest preserve workers suspended in December after the Chicago Sun-Times revealed they had no driver's licenses, but were in jobs that could require driving.

McClendon is also the second district worker to lose his job since December for causing an accident while driving a district vehicle.

District spokesman Steve Mayberry called McClendon "one individual who neglected his responsibility to protect the rights and interests not only of our visitors, but also of the taxpayers.

"I think we've taken the necessary steps to demonstrate we're serious about operating at the highest levels," he added. "However, it must be stressed that the onus is on the individual first to ensure they're acting responsibly."

Who was in charge last Friday?

McClendon worked in the district's south suburban Calumet division, where his son-in-law Darrell Howell worked as a supervisor until being reassigned last week.

Howell, a contributor to Stroger's 8th Ward organization, is now acting superintendent for all south suburban divisions, leaving Len Buczko as McClendon's supervisor.

Buczko was suspended in 2002 for using taxpayer money to buy a hitch he put on his daughter's car so she could haul her Jet Ski from their Orland Park home.

Mayberry said Howell was off Friday, and officials will review Buczko's actions "to ensure all policies and procedures for supervisory activities were followed."

McClendon was driving a district dump truck at 87th and Winchester Friday afternoon when the vehicles were struck, officials said, and police later found him at the district's nearby garage.

McClendon, who has worked for the district for seven years, was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. McClendon's license had been suspended for traffic violations, but he had always worked in a district job where he needed a license.

That revelation led to him being suspended in December until he produced a valid license two weeks ago. He's been driving district vehicles since, Mayberry said.

 

 



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