This comment from “Potential Candidate” under the article about former Deputy Sheriff Zane Seipler’s going back to work after almost three years in arbitration and in court seems worth sharing more broadly:
This may or may not be the right forum for this but the timing is dead-on.
I’m on the current McHenry County Sheriff’s Officer’s hiring list.
I spoke with a few Officers who are out in the trenches doing their job every day for the citizens of McHenry County.
They all resonate the same message;
“Unless you are on the same page as the Sheriff (Nygren) you will almost never advance through the ranks, be chosen for Special Teams or assignments or be a top priority for attending training classes etc.”
I for one feel that Politics need to be left at the front door when overseeing County Employees doing their job for us and each member of the Department should be treated and advanced based on their performance, not personal feelings or revenge.
The whole hiring process for Sheriff’s Deputy is a “Front” for the Sheriff to hire Political friends, contributors and friends of friends.
A list of candidates is established in “Alphabetical Order” for those who pass the entrance examination and Physical Ability tests no matter how you scored on the exams.
The Sheriff chooses whom to hire off the list.
Just one more abuse of power that the Sheriff holds over “New Deputies” about to be hired.
The law of the land is that if you don’t conform, you’ll never advance.
It’s a shame that the County has to go through all this. The lives of people that want to serve the residents of McHenry County have been changed forever and that one man has absolute control of his employees in hiring, firing and advancement, even with the Merit Commission. It’s about time for a change.