A third high-ranking Village of Pleasant Prairie employee has resigned amid the village-wide corruption probe. Four felonies have been referred to the Racine County DA’s office by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department and more could be coming. The Racine Sheriff’s Office was asked by ousted Village Administrator Nathan Thiel to investigate allegations of public misconduct in public office and corruption. Thiel was fired shortly after he requested the probe into former Public Works Director John Steinbrink, Jr, son of John Steinbrink Sr, the Village’s President. KCE was told weeks ago from many current and past employees of the Village that Willke was preparing to resign from the Village after being questioned by law enforcement. We spoke to Willke on the phone, who denied that she was leaving. Steinbrink Jr resigned on June 28, 2022.
Village Communication Manager Lies to KCE
On Thursday, June 30, 2022, KCE asked if Carol Willke was resigning. He responded quickly that she wasn’t. He then ignored follow-up questions. KCE then obtained a leaked email that Willke had indeed resigned, effective July 11, 2022. Willke has been the Village’s Director of HR since 2005 and many current and past Village employees tell us they have reported corruption, theft and misconduct to Willke who would commonly tell employees “His [Jr.] Dad is the Village President. I can’t do anything.”