Complaint alleged that Anthony Higgs forced a subordinate to perform campaign work while on County payroll.
March 20, 2018-The Lake County Board of Elections and Voter Registration today referred a Complaint filed by a County employee to the United States Attorney and Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter. According to the Hand-written complaint filed by Kyran Sims, in the run-up to the deadline for filing statements of candidacy, Higgs handled Declarations of Candidacy for Precinct Committeeman and State Convention Delegate. On at least one occasion, Higgs had candidates come to his office at 232 Russell Street to fill out the paperwork while Higgs was on the clock. The forms were filled out between January 9 and February 6, 2018.
Sims alleged that, after the forms were filled out by the candidates, Higgs came to him and ordered him to notarized them “while myself and Anthony were on the clock for the Lake County Government.” Sims stated that he did not want to notarized the documents but that “Anthony Higgs stated to us (employees) that he’s going to write us up if we do not do as he say.”
In addition to the above, the Gazette has learned that Higgs hand carried the documents to the Lake County Board of Elections and Voter Registration before the filing deadline. According to witnesses who were at the Election Board filing statements of candidacy, Higgs appeared at the office on several occasions and each time carried several Declarations. The Gazette confirmed with the Office of Lake County Auditor John Petalas that Higgs stated he worked 8 hours during the week of February 12 through February 19, the time in question.
Anthony Higgs stated “I was not at the election board today, I have no comment” when asked about the allegations.