Mike Mahon Criticizes Kieth Nygren on Transparency or Lack Thereof in Release of Phil Pagano Suicide 911 Call
Read the press release as it was sent:
MAHON NOTES 911 TAPE SHOWS NYGREN STANCE ON PUBLIC INFORMATION
Candidate for McHenry County Sheriff Mike Mahon Friday said that incumbent Sheriff Keith Nygren’s initial refusal to release the 911 tapes surrounding the suicide of Metra Executive Director Philip Pagano was characteristic of the Nygren administration’s treatment of public information.
Mahon was reacting to a published report in Friday’s Chicago Sun-Times in which the transcript of a 911 call from noted McHenry County Republican Al Jourdan was only released following a threatened lawsuit from the Better Government Association.
According to the report, Jourdan referenced his personal knowledge of Sheriff Nygren and Undersheriff Andrew Zinke in the 911 call.
“We’ve seen this movie before,” Mahon said, “in the March wounding of Deputy Eric Woods at the firing range, and in other cases where Sheriff Nygren and his people have treated public information as if it was their own little secret. Not even Freedom of Information Act requests can pry the whole story loose, but in this case at least the Nygren Administration apparently drew the line at a lawsuit they would have undoubtedly lost.
“Thank God the Better Government Association put up a strong fight, or who knows whether that 911 tape would have ever seen the light of day.”
Also referenced in the Sun-Times was a connection between Sheriff Nygren and another Metra executive, board member Jack Schaffer, who has contributed $1,670 to Nygren’s campaigns.
“In just one newspaper article, one can see the starting lineup in the McHenry County good-old-boy network and how they operate,”
“My candidacy is dedicated to putting a hole in that network where the Sheriff’s Office used to be.
“Mutual backscratching and personal favors are not the way to conduct the people’s business in an office they pay for, and I’ll put a stop to it.
“When elected Sheriff, I will return this office back to the people of McHenry.”
For more information contact the Mike Mahon for Sheriff Campaign at 847.515.4772.