A press release from Scott Summers:
Scott Summers opposes the pending referendum question on creation of a county executive
“On balance, I think it’s a bad idea,” he says.
“The part-time governing boards of many our area’s municipalities and schools wisely hire skilled professionals to run their day-to-day operations; so, too, does McHenry County.”
“For three reasons, the present system of appointing an administrator (rather than electing an executive, as the referendum provides) is the better method,” Summers states.
- “First, high caliber individuals can be recruited from national talent pools.”
- “Second, they serve ‘at will’ (rather than for a four year term) and can be changed readily if circumstances warrant.”
- “Third, delivery of vital public services is insulated from direct political pressures when handled by an appointed administrator.”
“I advocate instead for a wholesale cut in the size of the McHenry County Board (from 24 individuals to 12), coupled with the countywide election of a board chair. I would retain the board’s present system of hiring a professional county administrator,” he says.
Summers is a Democratic Party candidate for a District 6 seat on the McHenry County Board. His website is www.ScottSummers.org.