Running for the post of McHenry County Recorder of Deeds, Joe Tirio has as one of his web sites: http://www.iwonthiremywife.com/
Now he comments under the missive from County Board member Andrew Gasser on patronage and nepotism:
Nepotism and patronage hurt the county in a number of ways:
1. When familial/political relationship becomes a factor in the hiring process, other, better qualified candidates may not be selected. This means that the county gets a friend/relative in their employ rather then the best person for the job.
2. Once a family member/friend gets into the workplace, the leader loses their moral high ground. The team will expect that the newly hired family-member or friend will get preferential treatment. The leader can no-longer hold the team to a high bar as she has lowered the bar for herself. Furthermore, much like stealing, people know that nepotism and patronage are wrong. When a leader openly engages in unethical behavior, it creates de facto approval for all to engage in questionable behavior and little recourse for the leader to manage it.
3. Quality suffers. When a leader hires a family member or friend, they create doubt around their commitment to quality and instead seem to be saying that personal relationships and unpaid favors are more important than performance.
Nepotism robs government of the best and brightest and replaces them with husbands, daughters and the well-connected. So, instead of great government that’s proud to run lean, we have a bloated, ineffective government that is unashamed of its shallow gene pool and unwilling to change so long as they continue to get rewarded for this behavior.
That is why I am running on a platform to eliminate nepotism, patronage, waste and ultimately, to eliminate one more elected official with a raft of favors to repay.