NORTHFIELD VILLAGE — A reprimand of a Village Council member, who is also a mayoral candidate, is expected to be read at Council’s regular meeting Wednesday following a censure vote the previous week in connection with offensive videos posted on social media sites, said Village Law Director Brad Bryan.
Bryan said Council voted 5-0, with one absence, to censure Ward B Council member Keith Czerr at the end of an Oct. 16 special meeting that served as a hearing on the matter. Bryan said the vote also included the loss of Czerr’s Council pay for four months and the loss of all committee memberships for the remainder of 2019.
Czerr had left the meeting prior to the vote. He did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
"They were upset that that was conduct unbecoming a public official and Council person," said Bryan. "They just stated they were embarrassed for the village that one of their elected officials … engaged in that kind of behavior."
Village Finance Director Patricia LeWalk-Ingrassia said Council pay is $400 per month.
Bryan said Czerr was present for most of the public portion of the meeting, which lasted a little under an hour, but left before Council went into an approximately 25-minute executive session to discuss the matter. Bryan said Czerr was not present when Council came out of executive session for the final few minutes of the public meeting when it voted to censure Czerr.
Czerr is challenging Mayor Jesse Nehez’s bid for a third, four-year term on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.
According to a motion to censure Czerr, which Council approved at its Oct. 9 regular meeting, the censure is related to "conduct unbecoming an elected official for the production and posting for public view of videos containing crude content related to the sexual assault of women and racially offensive generalizations and stereotypes."
Bryan said a video shown as evidence during the special meeting included Czerr wearing a skeleton mask and "was kind of making light of sexual assault of women."
Czerr is also accused of posting other videos that have since been removed from social media.
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