Tuesday, James Kedrow was sworn in as Village Trustee #4 for the Village of Pleasant Prairie. He is one of five board members that will control the annual budget, ordinances, policies and resolutions for the Village.
Kedrow signing his Oath of Office
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Kedrow, 66, sadly lost his wife of 17 years Kimberly, and their 17-year-old daughter Rachel four years later, both to MELAS. Kedrow was able to find love again and married his wife Charlotte almost 11 years ago, in 2011. Charlotte was present for Kedrow’s swearing-in ceremony donning a large smile.
Kedrow retired from the United States Army after a 28-year career climbing the ranks to Lieutenant Colonel (O-6). That said, Kedrow is no stranger to leadership, honor, and integrity. He enters Village leadership as The Village President’s son John Steinbrink, Jr and perhaps other elected officials and employees are the subject(s) of a criminal misconduct investigation lead by the Racine County Sheriff’s department.
KCE asked Kedrow about the elephant in the room and he responded saying:
“I will need to wait until the investigation by the Racine County Sheriff is complete and if any charges are filed. Of course I will be taking an active role as a trustee to the best of my ability to help rid the Village of corruption. I am concerned that the Village may not have the Village Administrator position filled if the current contract is not renewed at the next board meeting.”
KCE loyal leaders pointed out to us that John Steinbrink, Jr was still permitted to take his village-owned newer Dodge Ram pickup home with him while on leave. Today we spoke to acting Village Administrator Tom Shircel why he was permitted to use the tax-payer owned asset while on leave and under criminal investigation. Shircel told KCE that:
“In a decision made earlier this morning, the Village has decided to remove John Steinbrink Jr’s Village vehicle (white pick-up truck) from John Jr’s property. This will be accomplished later on this afternoon.”
Our readers helped us hold the Village Accountable. Thank you to the many of you who reported to us this problem that was will be fixed today. Up until the criminal investigation began, there was a “Ray Rowe for Sheriff” sign predominantly displayed in Steinbrink’s front yard. The sign has since been removed because, according to a source, the candidate is trying to distance himself from his friend Steinbrink, Jr.
KCE made several public records requests to the village and Shircel told us he and his staff are working on fulfilling them. As always, you deserve to know, and know you shall.