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State dismisses prison schools superintendent

Published: Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES  – A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice said Kye Gaffey was terminated as superintendent of its prison schools as of Wednesday, and a public meeting will be set to discuss finding a replacement. 

The website no longer lists his photo and declares the position of superintendent of School District 428 is vacant.

Gaffey said he sent a letter of resignation by email Tuesday.

Gaffey and his wife, Jennifer, 42, of Sterling, both were charged Aug. 15 with misdemeanor criminal trespass and criminal damage to a glass patio door of a house in the 0-99 block of Southgate Course, St. Charles.

Gaffey said he resigned his $110,244 position Tuesday to avoid embarrassment to the department.

He had worked in that position from 2000 to 2005, then returned in 2011.

The arrest involved the Gaffeys going to the house of his wife’s ex-husband to check on the living conditions of a son the former couple share, police said.

The family was away on vacation, and a neighbor who was housesitting reported the Gaffeys’ presence to police.

The Gaffeys each posted $1,500 bond and are to appear in court Sept. 19.

Jennifer Gaffey’s ex-husband, Peter Smith, filed an emergency order of protection in connection with the incident with a Sept. 9 court date in DeKalb County, records show.

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