School district’s chief financial officer had DUI, felony firearm charges in 2010
By Brandon Reid
Cedric Lewis, chief financial officer for Rockford Public School District 205, faced charges of driving under the influence (DUI) and felony possession of a firearm in a Will County Court in November 2010.
The charges stemmed from a Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, incident in which Lewis was also charged with improper traffic lane usage, driving the wrong way on a divided highway and parking on the median.
Lewis, 39, was employed by the district at the time of the offenses. With a salary of $152,000, Lewis is among the highest paid individuals in the superintendent’s cabinet.
According to court records on the Will County Circuit Clerk’s website, Lewis paid a $300 fine and was sentenced to 12 months supervision for the DUI charge and also paid a $1,500 fine for the felony possession of a firearm charge. The Circuit Clerk’s website lists the “case type” for the possession of a firearm as being a “criminal felony.”
Lewis was represented by attorney Paul R. Vella of Vella & Lund P.C. in Rockford, according to court documents.
A message left for Lewis at 12:45 p.m., Feb. 1, has not been returned.
District 205 issued the following press release at 1:34 p.m., Feb. 1:
RPS 205 CFO Explains Misdemeanor Charge
(February 1, 2012)…A disgruntled former RPS 205 employee contacted school administration today to release a 2010 record from the Will County Circuit Clerk’s office involving RPS 205 CFO Cedric Lewis.
In September, 2010, Lewis was stopped by Illinois State Police in Will County for speeding.
“When the officer asked me if I had any drugs or weapons in my car, I truthfully answered that there was a gun in the car. I have owned a gun since I was 21 and lived in Mississippi where it was legal to own and transport weapons,” Lewis stated. “I wasn’t aware I needed a FOID card in Illinois as I’d only lived in the state for a short time. It was my mistake. I’m now in compliance with state law.”
Lewis pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge and paid a fine of $1,500.
“We know all of the details and there are no job performance issues involved,” Interim Superintendent Dr. Robert Willis stated. “This is a personnel matter so we cannot discuss it further. The administration is fully supportive of Mr. Lewis and his role with the district. ”
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