On the agenda of Monday’s 8:15 AM McHenry County Law and Justice Committee meeting appears the following:
|Deliberation and selection of Joseph Algers [sic] for recommendation to the County Board Chairman for the Sheriff’s Merit Commission for a term to expire on April 1, 2017|
Joe Alger is a leader at JAFrate, the local trucking firm known for its support of Veterans.
He is also active in Patriots United.
The Sheriff’s Merit Commission did not have many meetings over Sheriff Keith Nygren’s last term.
Below you can see the description, as provided on the Sheriff’s web site, of what the Commission does:
The merit commission ensures a fair and equal opportunity system for the employment, promotion, discipline and discharge of full-time Deputy Sheriffs and merited rank positions. Merited ranks in the Sheriff’s Office are Major, Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant and Deputy Sheriff.
The commission is comprised of five volunteer commissioners, each serving a minimum two-year term. There are three officer positions within the commission: Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary. Officers are elected by simple majority vote of the commissioners.
Meetings are open to the public and held on the second Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the County Administration Building, 667 Ware Rd, Woodstock, next to the Government Center. The Chairperson may call special meetings as necessary.
The current members are
- William Mack (Republican)
- Gloria Urch-VanHof (Democrat)
- Janelle A. Crowley (Republican)
- Patrick J. McAndrews (Democrat)
You can see their terms below:
Alger will be replacing Brian Goode of the RITA Corporation. The company figured prominently, although not by choice, in the Republican primary campaign for Sheriff. It is still in the news as a result of The First Electric Newspaper’s attempt to obtain, under the Freedom of Information Act, a report from Sheriff Nygren exonerating his Undersheriff Andy Zinke from any wrongdoing in the situation.
Joe Alger was a supporter and contributor to Prim’s campaign for Sheriff.