Near the end of a well-attended Fish Boil for State Rep. Mike Tryon, someone told me a man named Jim Harrison at the end of the patio was running for Sheriff.
I was told he was the man standing behind Andy Zinke.
Back on March 11th, the second comment under an article about Zane Seipler’s going back to the work in the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department was posted by “Harrison For Sheriff Supporter.”
Now I had a chance to meet that Harrison.
He confirmed that he was running for Sheriff, but wouldn’t be forming a Political Action Committee until the new year after the election.
Harrison told me he spent eight years in the Sheriff’s Department before a squad car accident “changed my life.”
He then got his law degree from John Marshall Law School.
Next he spent twelve years in the State’s Attorney’s Office under Gary Pack.
He handed labor union, civil rights and other employment law matters.
Of his 600 trials, half involved the Sheriff’s Department.
Harrison now practices employment civil rights, labor union and employment discrimination law and teaches such subjects at John Marshall Law School.
I asked him about Zinke’s candidacy and the Johnsburg resident[Voters] said,
“More skills are required to do the job of Sheriff.
“[Voters] ought to elect a Sheriff who has the skills to do the entire job, rather than outsourcing it to a fleet of lawyers.”
The topic of the Equal Opportunity Officer position (recently filled with former Assistant State’s Attorney Don Leist.
“Quite frankly, I don’t think the EE Officer position is needed anymore.
“The consent decree went until its (the Sheriff’s) workforce was comparable to the labor market.
“Now it is.
“There’s a EEOC and the [Illinois] Department of Human Rights to do the job.
“It’s not necessary.
“The money should be re-directed.”
We discussed the on-going wrongful termination suit filed by Zane Seipler. Harrison indicated he favored settling the case would would do so once he took office.
Sheriff Keith Nygren, who has endorsed Zinke, did not attend the fundraiser.