PEKIN — After narrowly defeating a resolution to censure County Clerk John Ackerman at last month’s meeting, the Tazewell County Board voted to reverse that decision Wednesday.

This time, the board voted to censure Ackerman by a 14-1 margin. Board member Greg Sinn cast the lone vote against the censure, with board member Frank Sciortino abstaining. Board members Bill Atkins, Russ Crawford, Brandon Hovey, Greg Menold and Nancy Proehl were not in attendance.

Council member Nick Graff, who voted against censuring Ackerman last month, noted that in the interim he and Crawford had met with Ackerman to discuss rescinding pay raises for employees in the Tazewell County Clerk and Recorder of Deeds Office. Tazewell County Board finance committee chairman Timothy Neuhauser also met with Ackerman to request that he rescind the controversial pay raises. To all requests, Graff said, Ackerman responded that he was not in a position to revoke the salary increases.

“We’re done our due diligence,” Graff concluded. “I’m in a position now where I think we should vote on this motion. I am in favor of passing this motion, and I intend to vote for its passage.”

According to the text of the resolution, Ackerman was censured for “disregarding a well-established budgeting process and putting Tazewell County in future financial peril.” The resolution also accused Ackerman of entering into a sidebar agreement with the Teamsters Union for wage increases for his employees without the County Board’s approval. Ackerman defended the salary increases for county clerk employees and expressed disappointment that matters had come to such a pass.

“This has been discussed now for four meetings over a five-month period of time,” said Ackerman. “It’s gone from the board’s opinion being what I did was completely illegal and unjustified to ‘OK, it was legal, but you shouldn’t have done it and we don’t think the funds are solvent,’ to now they understand that it was legal and was within my authority and the funds are there to support it.”

Although frustrated at what he perceived to be shifting opinions on the board, he vowed the censure would not adversely affect daily operations.

“We’re moving forward,” he said. “We’ve got an election in three weeks that will be highly successfully run by us. That’s where our attention is focused: continuing to provide services to the taxpayer.”