A week ago I wrote an article asking whether the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department had a Federal Hatch Act problem.
If you need to get up to speed, you can find it here.
The Hatch Act says a person under its jurisdiction “may not become a candidate in a partisan election.”
How does one get under the jurisdiction of this Federal statute?
Here’s the answer:
“The Hatch Act restricts the political activity of individuals principally employed by state or local executive agencies and who work in connection with programs financed in whole or in part by federal loans or grants.”
So, with the McHenry County Jail having one floor rented out to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement folks, anyone in charge of it would seem to fit that prohibition.
Take a look at last year’s organization chart for the Sheriff’s Department:
The organization chart for the Sheriff’s Office is different in the 2012-13 budget submission.
The Undersheriff no longer supervises the Jail.
One can only wonder why the change was made.