From the McHenry County Board tape of Tuesday’s meeting during the consideration of allowing the at-large elected Chairman to make all committee appointments:
The following ensued after Mike Skala and Anna Mae Miller introduced an amendment to the proposed Board Rules to allow the directly elected County Board Chairman to continue to appoint the Committee on Commitees that appoints members and chairs of each of the County Board committees.
This is the second bite of the apple, what we’re doing.
These are the people who didn’t prevail the first time we had the discussions.
I thought we had arrived at a very nicely balanced set of rules the last time, a very collaborative effort on the part of everybody here, and then now the only thing that has really intervened is that the current Chairman has announced that he is running for the county wide position and no one else has announced that they are running.
So I think what you are seeing are people who think they are going to be on the right side of that bandwagon wanting to put themselves..
CHAIRMAN: I have an objection. You are out of order. That’s way out of line.
MR. WALKUP: What I am trying to point out, and that’s not a personal comment.
This is what is going to happen every time, is that you are going to have, instead of having a chairman who is a part of the board and is being selected by the board, and promising various committee assignments in exchange.
CHAIRMAN: And one more thing about that Mr. Walkup, I didn’t promise a single committee assignment to anyone.
MR. WALKUP: I’m not saying you did.
CHAIRMAN: In fact I know that some of the candidates, other candidates, that some people supported, did make those promises, but I didn’t make a single one.
MR. WALKUP: I’m not saying you did. I’m talking about past experiences.
And I think that what you’re going to have are people who want to get on the political team of the person who winds up winning the election viewing that as a reward they are going to get, and I’m not saying you are going to be doing that, but you need to look at the long term future and not look at it in terms of the personalities that are involved and what someone might do that we don’t even know about in the future with that system.
So I think that a system where we are going back to having the Chair appointing people based on whatever the considerations are I think gets us right back into the quagmire we are trying to get ourselves out of .
I think that’s what led to the direct election of the county board chair.
I think that’s why we have now the direct election of the county board chair, because of the way that system was used in the past by …previous…board chairs.
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The final vote was a voice vote with only Skala and Miller heard voting in favor.