Eleven Months after Winning Appellate Court Case Deputy Bob Schlenkert Remains Unpaid

McHenry County Deputy Sheriff Bob Schlenkert

McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren

Almost eleven months ago, McHenry County Deputy Sheriff Robert Schlinkert won an Appellate Court decision putting him back to work.

The decision came just three days after oral arguments indicating the justices thought Schlinkert had a pretty good case.

Periodically, I ask whether Schlinkert has been paid his back pay and anything else winning such a case would entitle him to.

The latest answer, from McHenry County Administration FOIA Officer John Labaj, follows:

“As of today, there has been no settlement with Mr. Schlinkert. The FOP attorney Mr. Jerry Bailey and County attorney Mr. John Kelly are still in negotiations regarding the settlement agreement.”

The county’s legal bill as of last April was $17,000.


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