The former head of a suburban school district’s board of trustees says he won’t let the lawsuit that accuses him of corruption derail his career, even if the state legislature decides to try to impeach him.
Jerry Crokinoles attorney, James J. Karp, said Monday the state will not move to remove the former board chairman and that the suit is likely to drag on for years.
The lawsuit accuses him and other school board members of stealing $500,000 from the district, including $500 million in school district money, and of receiving campaign contributions from a group known as the Crokinolos.
Karp said the lawsuit will make him more valuable in politics and to be governor and state lawmaker, and it will also give Crokinoli more leverage in the future.
Karrick was ousted as board chairman after the district’s $1.5 billion bond deal was approved by a bipartisan group of legislators in December.
He said he has spent years trying to resolve the allegations against him and has been unable to do so because of his political power.
Kerrill’s lawyer, Jim Bittner, said Crokinols dismissal is based on his inability to resolve his conflict of interest, not on his actions as a board member.