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A Dixon city official has resigned in the wake of reports he used a city-issued credit card for personal expenses.

Shawn Ortgiesen apologized for breaking the city's trust and included with the letter a check totaling $9,157.38.

Ortgiesen was also Dixon's director of public works and personnel. Officials say he charged $13,521.14 in personal expenses on the card from April 2007 to last month. Of that amount, he had paid back $4,890.31.

Burke says he and the Dixon City Council feels Ortgiesen's resignation is the best thing for the city.

Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell is serving a prison sentence for stealing about $53 million from the northern Illinois city.

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While still shaken from a $53 million dollar embezzlement, city officials in Dixon, Illinois are reporting that another employee is being investigated for possible misuse of public funds.

Public Works Director and City Engineer Shawn Ortgiesen has been placed on administrative leave, with pay, during an investigation of his use of a city-issued credit card.

In a news release, the city says Ortgiesen charged $13,521 in personal expenses on the card from April 2007 to March, 2013. Of that, the city says he repaid $4,890. So far, it appears more than $8,000 in charges have not been paid back.

The Lee County attorney has been contacted. Officials say there is no indication of a connection between Ortgiesen and former comptroller Rita Crundwell, who last year admitted to stealing millions from the City of Dixon.

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