Our McHenry County Board is important.
It is as important as the folks in the Courthouse, right?
At the Courthouse, they have Deputy Sheriff’s searching through visitors (read taxpayers) belongings in order to keep the judges, the Circuit Clerk, the Sheriff, the State’s Attorney and support staff safe from outside threats.
Well, County Board members think they are as important as those elected officials and employees in the Courthouse, so on days the County Board meets everyone entering the building from the public doors are wanded and their bags given a look.
That was the first thing that happened in my journey to see the swearing in ceremony of the new County Board members.
On the way out of the building, the security had been withdrawn.
One could conclude that others in the Administration Building–the County Clerk, County Auditor, Regional Superintendent of Schools, the Record of Deeds, the Veterans Assistance folks, the Planning and Zoning Department employees, etc.–aren’t as important as the County Board members.
This did not occur because Jack Franks was being sworn in as County Board Chairman.
Those who attended his Town Hall Meetings might conclude that he had a hand in the increased secutiry, considering the presences of professional security people at them.
But this fear of the taxpaying public originated when Republicans held every seat on the County Board.
And I understand that occupants of the building will be treated just like those important people in the Courthouse once the Sheriff’s Department gets its new walk-through threat detectors.
Then, all entering the building from its front will be potential threats.
And, if you think I find the County Board members’ sense of self-importance exaggerated, you are correct.
But, I guess, as Mel Brooks put it,
“It’s good to be the King.”