McHenry County Blog posted the legal fees paid by county taxpayers recently in the case re-instating Sheriff’s Deputy Bob Schlenkert.
Although Schlenkert won the case almost eleven months ago, Sheriff Keith Nygren hasn’t settled up on issues of back pay and attorney’s fees. Of the $31,000 in fees, $14,000 were incurred after the appellate court upheld Schlenkert’s reinstatement.
A similar case involves Nygren GOP primary opponent Zane Seipler. Take a look at the legal fees that county taxes have paid for the county’s defense:
$23,573 so far, if one rounds up to the nearest dollar.
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In the comment section below, Zane Seipler corrects my terminology with regard to the suit:
Cal, you use the words “county’s defense”.
I don’t consider that to be accurate. I n both Circuit Court and in the Appellate Court Mchenry County (Keith Nygren) is the Plantiff.
I never sued anyone to get my job back.
Instead of going through the Merit Commission (Nygren’s Buddies) I chose the Arbitration route.
That was an option because of the change in the law that went into effect in 2008.
I was awarded my job back because the arbitrator said Nygren’s termination of me was UNJUST.
McHenry County (Keith Nygren) then sued me (FOP) as is allowed by said law in an attempt to overturn the arbitrators decision that said Nygren’s termination of me was UNJUST.
Fact of the matter is McHenry County (Nygren) made the decision to spend this money.
It was not a defensive response to a case that I brought before a formal court of law but instead an offensive action to keep me from returning to the Sheriff’s Department.
Now the Federal lawsuit is a different story and a much more interesting one.
Check out the latest filing when you get a chance.