After being on paid leave for almost three months for several accusations of corruption, The Village of Pleasant Prairie’s Public Works Director is now out of a job. In an internal email leaked to KCE, Village Spokesman Steven Linn wrote “The Village of Pleasant Prairie is announcing the retirement of Public Works Director John Steinbrink Jr., effective June 28, 2022.” The email was sent at 6:51pm tonight, June 28, 2022. Linn did confirm that the email leaked to KCE was genuine.
Multiple allegations were made about Steinbrink junior embezzling money from the Village taxpayers. Some of the allegations are:
Mishandling of Village Assets
Falsifying State Reports
Mismanagement of Public Contracts
Purchasing Village assets for significantly less than they were worth.
Using Village assets for his private tree trimming business.
Using Menards Rebates for personal items meant for Village
KCE can also report that we spoke with Sheriff Christopher Schmaling who told us that “We [Racine County Sheriff’s Department] recommended felony charges to our district attorney [Patricia Hanson] reference the Pleasant Prairie Investigation. However, the case is very detailed and complex. That said, even though felony charges have been recommended, we are also still actively investigating.”
KCE reached out to Racine County’s Deputy District Attorney who was able to share with us that the prosecutor reviewing the felony referrals is in trial until the week of July 11, 2022. Although formal charges could come sooner, they aren’t expected until then.
This case is being investigated and charged in Racine County because D.A. Graveley said he had a conflict.
KCE was told by a source close to the investigation that Steinbrink’s exposure is “more than ten years in prison.”
Steinbrink’s Dad is the Village President and he hasn’t said a word about this investigation. Many Village residents and employees tell KCE that Senior and HR Director Carol Willke have been told about Junior’s behavior for years but ignored the complaints. Steinbrink, Sr. hung up with kce when reached by phone and has ignored countless requests for comment including inquiries if he will resign or not. It is unknown if Willke and/or Senior will be facing charges for their alleged rolls in the cover-up.