Updated Jan. 11, 3:45 p.m.
ELGIN — A former Elgin councilman who resigned Monday citing “personal problems” has also resigned from his position as a teacher at Elgin High School.
An agenda posted on the school district website indicates the school board will go into executive session during a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday to “consider the resignation of … Eric Bradford.”
Bradford was the subject of an investigation by school officials and Elgin police, which began after the school received an unknown number of unspecified complaints from parents. Elgin Public Schools Superintendent Nate Meraz said Tuesday the district could not comment on personnel matters, but released the following prepared statement:
“Elgin Schools cannot comment on particular individuals' personnel/employment matters. As a matter of common practice, the administration conducts timely and thorough investigations into any matter brought to it. The safety and wellbeing of our kids is always the driving force in any decisions made at EPS.”
The investigation into the complaints against Bradford came just days before he also resigned as Ward 2 councilman for the City of Elgin.
Repeated attempts to reach Bradford for comment went unanswered.
Ward 2 Councilman Eric Bradford abruptly resigned from his position on the Elgin City Council Monday. In an email sent to Elgin Mayor JJ Francais, Bradford wrote:
“Unfortunately, some personal problems have come up in my life and I believe it my best decision to resign from my position as Councilman of Ward 2 for the City of Elgin. This needs to be effective immediately.”
No additional information was provided regarding the nature or details of the “personal problems” Bradford cited in his resignation.
Efforts to reach Bradford by phone Tuesday were not immediately successful.
This is a developing story. The Chronicle will provide more information as it becomes available.