Dixon City Engineer Resigns Due to Credit Card Use

DIXON, Ill. (AP) -- A Dixon city official has resigned in the wake of reports he used a city-issued credit card for personal expenses.

   Dixon Mayor Jim Burke tells The (Dixon) Telegraph he received a letter Tuesday from City Engineer Shawn Ortgiesen. Burke says Ortgiesen apologized for breaking the city's trust and included with the letter a check totaling $9,157.38.

   Ortgiesen was also Dixon's director of public works and personnel. Officials say he charged $13,521.14 in personal expenses on the card from April 2007 to last month. Of that amount, he had paid back $4,890.31.

   Burke says he and the Dixon City Council feels Ortgiesen's resignation is the best thing for the city.

   Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell is serving a prison sentence for stealing about $53 million from the northern Illinois city.


DIXON (WIFR) -- The latest Dixon city employee accused of defrauding taxpayers has resigned.

Dixon Mayor Jim Burke tells 23 News he received a letter of resignation from City Engineer Shawn Ortgiesen along with a check for just over $9,000. Ortgiesen allegedly racked up more than $13,000 in personal expenses on a city issued credit card dating back from April 2007 to last month. He already paid back nearly $5,000. Today's check was for the remaining balance including interest calculated at five percent.

"He said please accept my resignation from my position with the City of Dixon. I am truly sorry for breaking the trust of the council, all city employees, and the community. Serving the community has been an honor, and I am saddened to forfeit this opportunity," Burke said.

According to a FOIA a request obtained by SaukValley.com. It appears that there were either Mayor Burke's signature or initials by about half dozen credit card requisitions filed by Ortgiesen .

They show personal purchases with notations of Ortgiesen's intent to reimburse the city. When asked to respond Mayor Burke said that there is a lot more to this than what it seems on the surface he will be releasing a written response within the next couple days. But is withholding further comment until then.

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