Red Light Camera Riddle In Suburban Justice
UPDATE Tuesday night: The Village of Justice’s village board has voted to put Chief of Police Gedville on administrative leave while the town attorney can conduct an investigation according to the Tribune.
Something weird is going on in the now, ironically named Justice, Illinois.
The small southwest suburban village has two red light camera locations.
RLC vendor SafeSpeed, LLC won the contract last September on the advice of the town’s police chief Robert Gedville, and the cameras went live this past June.
But, according to the Chicago Tribune, Gedville sent unsolicited emails promoting SafeSpeed’s red light camera services to over 50 other suburbs claiming he was a consultant for the company.
Not surprisingly, the Mayor of Justice says Gedville’s actions may violate the town’s policy which prevents city employees to enter into any sort of financial arrangement with a city vendor.
Interestingly, a spokesperson for SafeSpeed sounds genuinely shocked about the allegations and vehemently rejects the notion Geddville is employed by, or compensated in any way by their company.
When contacted by the Tribune, Police Chief Gedville first denied he sent the emails, then hung up on the reporter and finally said he chose the wrong words when drafting his email.
The Mayor of Justice is now looking into the matter.
But to muddy the waters even more, the newspaper points another troubling relationship involving their red light camera contract.
It turns out the principal attorney of the law firm that advised Justice on the RLC contract is a friend of the company’s founder and had done some legal work for SafeSpeed several years ago. Although, the law firm says they did reveal the previous legal work for SafeSpeed when they reviewed the contract.
Here’s the Tribune’s full story, “Justice police chief helps pick speed camera vendor, then sends out sales pitch.”
Hat Tip to: Stephen Donaldson from Camera Fraud