McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller appointed McHenry County Board member Ken Koehler to replace Marc Munaretto on the Metra Board of Directors.
Munaretto resigned, it seems because he liked living in the Villages in Florida better than living in McHenry County.
In his acceptance speech, after being approved by the County Board with only Michele Aavang, Diane Evertsen, Donna Kurtz And Michael Walkup voting in the negative, Koehler criticized the representation McHenry County had received over the last couple of months.
He said he was going to “work very hard.”
“The hardest part of this decision is I have to leave the County Board.
Koehler, who will be paid $15,000 a year as a Metra Board member with no health insurance or pension benefits, currently earn about $21,000, plus Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund and health benefits as a County Board members.
Koehler’s resignation takes effect on Friday.
His replacement will be recommended by Gottemoller.
Koehler is up for election next year, so whoever is appointed will service about 14 months.