Comments from newly-elected McHenry County Board member Craig Wilcox:
Thank you Mr Chairman,
I appreciate your words on
“Focusing on outcomes, and not politics”
“Putting the politics aside”
so in regards to that, I just wanted to address the one comment that was kind of new to me when I read the NWH article yesterday and that was
“The aptly named Committee on Committees, which is assembled after every election to assign members to the committees in which most of county government’s work gets done, will not meet until an official decision is made on the committee structure.”
I thought through that a little bit, and I could find no reasons why the Committee on Committee needs to wait until the Temporary Rules Committee has completed its’ tasks.
As a newly elected member, I am here to get to work and in regards I think everyone else here is too.
So I would think the Committee on Committees should start their discussions immediately.
Their consideration of which board members are qualified and have the leadership skills to be Committee Chairs should be based on the unique abilities of those members and what they bring to the county today…those members skills and capabilities do not change depending on which possible rule changes we may enact at the next meeting.
When the public chose to popularly elect our Chairman it was in part to eliminate any perceived possibility of political gamesmanship that might occur if a Chairman ever were to talk with another member and engage in a Quid Pro Quo of
“Vote for me for Chairman and I will ensure you Committee Chair positions.”
We do not want to immediately replace that potential situation with another potential situation where the public might perceive that in order to be considered qualified to be a committee chair one must first prove themselves by ratifying certain rules changes.
We can and should separate these two issues and that means allowing the Committee on Committees to start their process immediately, even as the Temporary Rules Committee begins their work.
We have smart and dedicated board members on both of those committees when we elect them and select them and the public should never be put in a position to wonder if results from one committee dictate the actions of the other.
Let’s remove this possible perception and ensure complete transparency as we begin the work of this new board.