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Cape Coral’s No. 2 administrative head placed on leave pending domestic violence investigation

By Staff | Dec 7, 2017

Cape Coral City Manager John Szerlag has placed Assistant City Manager Michael Ilczyszyn on paid administrative leave “pending the outcome of a domestic violence investigation.”

The city released no other details in a statement issued Thursday morning.

“As is our policy, there will be no further comment on this matter while the investigation is ongoing,” the release issued by city spokesperson Connie Barron states.

According to a police incident report, Ilczyszyn has denied the allegation.

Police received information on an alleged domestic violence incident at a Cape residence Tuesday evening, the report released by the Cape Coral Police Department states. Officers contacted the reported victim, who spoke with officers but declined to provide a taped statement.

“No visible signs of injury were noted,” the report states.

Police then contacted Ilczyszyn, who “gave a verbal statement denying the allegations.” He also declined to give a taped, sworn statement.

As is standard in such incidents, the Florida Department of Children and Families was contacted “due to children/witnesses being present during the alleged event.”

DCF acknowledged receiving the notification and said the agency is following protocol.

“We have opened a child protection investigation as a result of the incident,” said Natalie Harrell, spokesperson for DCF, SunCoast Region, via email. “We have not had prior involvement with the family.”

There are two children in the home, she said, adding no other details could be released.

“Further information cannot be disclosed pursuant to State Statute 39.202(1), which provides confidentiality of child protection investigations for the protection of child victims,” Harrell wrote.

Szerlag appointed Ilczyszyn as the city’s assistant city manager in March 2015, starting him at $115,000 per year in the administrative No. 2 spot. Ilczyszyn had been filling the role on an interim basis since September 2014.

As assistant city manager, Ilczyszyn has oversight responsibility of the city of Cape Coral’s service departments, City Clerk, Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology, as well as the utilities extension project.

He began his career with the city in 2002 as a water plant operator at the city’s reverse osmosis plant. His focus on identifying process improvements at the plant led to his promotion to business manager for the Public Works Department in 2007. In 2011, Ilczyszyn transferred to the City Manager’s Office, where he directed and oversaw special projects.

Ilczyszyn has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and a master’s degree in public administration, both from Florida Gulf Coast University.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1997-2000 performing counterdrug operations aboard the USS Yorktown, according to biographical information previously provided by the city.