Pat Quinn on Thursday said the executive director of the Illinois
Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission "did the right thing" by resigning
David Thomas stepped down from his post in a
closed session Wednesday following concerns that his commission, which
investigates allegations of police torture, did not tell the families of
murder victims that it was probing into their cases. Earlier this
month, Quinn said failing to notify the victims' families violated the law, and he called on Thomas to resign.
Thomas had said at the time that there was no reason for him to quit, because "unintentional mistakes were made", but the "procedures have been changed to ensure that it doesn't happen again."
The commission, which Quinn appointed, is now tasked with finding a new executive director.
up to the commission to hire the executive director, and I hope they
find a good person who understands the importance of balance and
following the law," Quinn said Thursday.
Thomas' resignation takes effect Tuesday.