Listened to a little of the end of the McHenry County Internal Services Committee recording and discovered a couple of the members are none too happy that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has hired to patronage employees without County Board approval.
Donna Kurtz of Crystal Lake started off.
She told of “a rumor circulating that a staff person was hired for the Chairman” and asked if it were true.
Administrator Peter Austin replied that “the Chairman has a need for an Executive Assistant” and that he had “talked to a number of Board members about the idea.”
He said there was a “need to go back to clean-up the job description” and find how “we can fund it.”
“I am hugely disappointed with you for allowing [the hiring] without going through committee.
“He [Jack Franks] didn’t talk to me,” Kurtz revealed.
She asserted that “there is a legal requirement” for hiring people and that the Franks hiring had not gone through it.
“As a professional manager I can’t understand that you have allowed this to happen,” she told Austin.
“Chairman Franks, he’s new and he’s gong to ask for everything. It’s your job to say, ‘No.'”
Mike Walkup of Crystal Lake was up next.
He pointed out that Franks was being paid $82,000 a year and that nothing has changed the job.
“It’s the same job,” the man Franks pointed out.
“There is not call for any additional staffing.
“This is government by fiat.
“If we the Board doesn’t have a back bone right now, we can just hang it up.
“I don’t care what slush fund you took that from.
“We didn’t approve it.
“What does the new chairman do that all the chairmen in the past didn’t do?’
Committee head Yvonne Barnes then spoke.
“The position does not exist.
“Some have heard that there was another vacancy and the money was taken from that position” and used to pay for the Executive Assistant.
“How does one walk into HR [Human Resources] and get a job that wasn’t posted?” Barnes asked.
She observed that this action was a reason the Human Resources Committee should exist.
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Read about the two employees Jack Franks and Peter Austin hired.