About 150 enthusiastic supporters and just the curious came to meet 2014 Sheriff’s candidate Bill Prim at the Bull Valley Country Club Tuesday night
It came on the day after Undersheriff Andy Zinke subordinate Sgt. John Koziol swore that his boss told the subject of a ten-month Drug Enforcement Administration investigation that he was under investigation. (Summary here.)
Alleged target Brian Goode, President of Crystal Lake’s RITA Corporation, has donated big bucks to Zinke and Sheriff Keith Nygren.
It was obvious by the attendance of Lou Bianchi and many of his followers that the McHenry County State’s Attorney is supporting Prim.
Many of Bianchi’s supporters were in attendance.
Prime was introduced by Gary Rabine, the man whose company’s radio commercials most have heard.
Rabine described Prim as “a servant leader,” then listed his specialties, the first of which, ironically, was narcotics.
“I understand this job from the bottom up,” Prim explained to the crowd.
“I’d never ask anyone to do anything I haven’t done.
“It’s apparent there are obvious problems trickling down from the top of [the Sheriff's Department].”
He promised to restore the Department to its former reputation.
Prim called for basic fiscal management and promised significant cost savings.
The former Des Plaines Police Commander, recently retired, said he would “expand upon the relationships within and outside the County so we can have an effective department again.”
“You can’t be effective if you have the top two law enforcement officers not [talking to each other}."
Prim said that he thought the problem could be solved in one conversation.
An Internal Affairs Division would be established "outside of the normal chain of command."
He added that training should mitigate the litigation, which he believes can be handled by the State's Attorney's Office.
“There’s no reason to go outside looking for attorneys.”
Prim called for more volunteers and transparency, which he said could not exist “if you don’t write the public in.”
He promised to “rebuild the trust that seems to have been eroded.
In meeting with Rabine, he was impress with his company’s goal: “world class service with a world class product.”
“We absolutely need a world class Sheriff’s Department,” he concluded.
“You people deserve that.”