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Niles North Security Director Out; Charged With Felony

He resigned following a charge of felony theft of school property.





Niles Township High School District 219 released a statement Monday afternoon saying Jim DiJohn, the director of school security at Niles North, was charged with felony theft of school property, and has resigned.

Skokie police also said DiJohn was arrested for theft; the arrest took place in the 6300 block of Cicero Avenue, Chicago, according to information provided by police.

DiJohn's LinkedIn profile indicates he has been executive director of security at District 219 for 13 years. Additionally, it lists him as event manager and training manager for Safety Service Systems, which provides event management to the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs and Lollapalooza and other festivals and events, for the past five years. 

Following is the statement D219 released: 

Jim DiJohn has resigned as Niles North High School Security Director, following his arrest by the Skokie Police Department. DiJohn was charged with one felony count for the theft of school property. Since this is a pending criminal matter, District 219 is not commenting further about details of the case. The district is fully cooperating with the Skokie Police Department.

“Nothing is more important than the safety and security of our students and staff members,” said D219 Superintendent Nanciann Gatta. “We have an interim Director of Security and all of the important services our Security staff provides to our school community will continue uninterrupted.”

The D219 Security staff provides around-the-clock building security at its schools, oversees residency verification for students, administers student lockers and parking and maintains safe movement of students throughout the schools.

Niles North Principal Ryan McTague said, “The alleged actions of one person do not define our Security Department, which includes so many good people who work hard on behalf our students. Nor do those actions diminish our shared commitment to the students and families of our community.”

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Voice of Reason September 09, 2013 at 07:04 PM
This story is pretty ironic. I usually reserve the relationship of the words "theft" and "District 219" for the times I look at my property tax bill...
Kabn September 09, 2013 at 07:46 PM
LoL, nice one VoR. The guy should have been fired.
fred September 09, 2013 at 07:53 PM
@Kaban.. generally, what I've experienced and seen, companies,districts and so on always accept resignations first, and "fire" only if the accused denies. Assuming the accusing company/district believes they have the hard facts to terminate. This avoids lawsuits from the one accused. It's less expensive, time consuming, let's one get hired much sooner, less risk of others pulled into the fray if that is the case and on and on. The positives outweigh the negatives.
Oliver P. McCracken September 09, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Perhaps it is time that I came out of my decades-long retirement and put this school system back together. What, pray tell, was this oaf stealing from the school, anyway? Provisions from the lunchlady's pantry? Unsharpened #2 pencils? The virtue of either the unwed typing instructor or home-economics teacher?
Tom Hanson September 09, 2013 at 10:01 PM
I don't understand how an adult in this kind of position can be so stupid and SCREW up a job like this...
Sarah September 10, 2013 at 09:56 AM
I bet he gets his pension too
Sarah September 10, 2013 at 09:57 AM
I bet he gets his pension too

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