A press release from Bill Prim, running for the Republican nomination for Sheriff against Undersheriff Andy Zinke:
BILL PRIM CITES 35% INCREASE IN SHERIFF’S BUDGET; VOWS CUTS IN ADMINISTRATIVE OVERHEAD
Republican candidate for Sheriff Bill Prim Tuesday questioned the reasons for a ballooning Sheriff’s Office budget over recent years and vowed to make cuts in top administrative personnel immediately upon taking office.
The cuts would not impact police services and would in fact make way for an uptick in the number of deputies on the street, Prim said.
Prim noted that the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office budget has increased more than 35% over the past five years, by far the largest amount (in dollars) of any county department.
“Do taxpayers notice more than $8 million in improved service over five years ago?” Prim asked.
“I doubt it.
“What they do notice is their increased property tax bills.”
The Sheriff’s Office spent $24,540,322 in fiscal year 2008.
By fiscal year 2012, that annual amount had ballooned to $33,188,495, an increase of $8.6 million, more than 35%.
Over the same period, the number of full-time employees jumped from 394 to 407.
“Inflation is under control, other county departments have not only failed to rise over that same time period, but 10 of them have actually gone down, and yet year after year the Sheriff’s administration comes to the taxpayers for more of their hard-earned dollars,” Prim said.
“It’s time we dialed the spending machine way down, and a good place to start is at the top.”
Administrative activity currently associated with
- CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies), and
- the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
either is unnecessary and wasteful or could be better handled elsewhere in county government, for instance.
“Eliminating top-level administration for these two items alone could save the county more than $200,000 per year in salary, benefits and ancillary costs,” Prim said.
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The Northwest Herald Editor said that it was time to start talking about issues in the Sheriff’s race. It will be interesting if the issue of economy in government makes its paper.