Mike Mahon, who is facing off against McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren has issued the following press release:
NYGREN’S LEGAL GRUDGE MATCHES AGAINST EMPLOYEES COSTING TAXPAYERS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS
News that McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren will appeal a court ruling reinstating Deputy Sheriff Zane Seipler means that County taxpayers will be on the hook for additional tens of thousands of dollars in attorneys’ fees, Candidate for Sheriff Mike Mahon said Friday.
The Sheriff has already blown hundreds of thousands in fruitless legal forays against Seipler and another Deputy Sheriff, Robert Schlenkert, who has since returned to work.
The protracted legal battles arose when Nygren disputed various rulings, only to see the original decisions upheld by courts at various levels.
Schlenkert is awaiting his back pay award of more than $200,000 and Seipler’s back pay will be well over $100,000 when he likewise collects it.
When the final bill for back pay hits the taxpayers, it will be more than $400,000, and that is before legal fees, which will also likely total more than $100,000.
“The County, and by extension taxpayers, are not only out the legal fees in these two cases, but there have or will be substantial awards for back pay, which means taxpayers are left holding the bag for hours that were never worked,” Mahon said. “And now Sheriff Nygren expects taxpayers to ante up for another hopeless paper chase.”
Whatever the merits of either case, it is clear that Nygren is tilting at legal windmills on the taxpayer’s dime, Mahon said.
“It’s not as if these cases were marginal and could have gone either way,” Mahon said. “One involved a recommended three-day suspension and the other a dispute about testing procedures for reinstatement to duty. In both cases, Nygren’s hard line did nothing but run up the bill for taxpayers, who shouldn’t have to reach for their wallets every time the Sheriff has a snit.”
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Also relevant to the Sheriff’s race are Zane Seipler’s latest postings on his blog.
One article says, in part,
I promise the taxpayer this, after I win (and I will win) I will pay off my debts and then I will use some of the money I receive to make McHenry County a better place.
First order of business will be to run Keith Nygren and his boys out of town.
Then we have to rebuild the Republican party with quality candidates who believe in the rule of law and don’t campaign on lies and intimidation.
I’ll have money ready to donate to those candidates when the time comes.
Heck, it will be your money anyway.