CHICAGO — Bradford Townsend, Schiller Park's former village manager and comptroller, is suing the village, saying they owe him money after cutting off his pay at the end of January when the village named an interim manager without firing Townsend.
Townsend filed suit March 27 in Cook County Circuit Court. According to the complaint, Townsend was employed by Schiller Park in 2015, with a contract scheduled to continue until Aug. 31, 2019. The village, however, appointed an interim manager and comptroller in January. However, Townsend asserts his contract remains valid and claims he has not been paid since the end of payroll period for Jan. 26.
Townsend says the village neither fired him, nor did he quit.
According to the complaint, Townsend received a salary of more than $154,000 a year. He asserts he is either owed his full pay since Jan. 26, or he is owed severance pay under the terms of his contract, should the village wish to claim he was terminated.
Townsend is also seeking attorney fees and court costs. He is represented by attorneys Keri-Lyn Krafthefer and Matthew DiCianni of Angel Glink PC of Chicago.
Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2019-L-003302.