McHenry County Board Chairman is trying a second time to make Lake in the Hills County Board Democrat a committee chairman.
Paula Yensen was nominated by Franks to head the Public Health Committee, but a majority of Republicans on the Board decided they wanted Republican Chuck Wheeler instead.
Republicans do have 23 out of 24 of the voting Board members.
Now, with Woodstock’s Michael Rein’s having resurrected the Human Resources Committee, Franks picked his fellow Democrat to head the committee.
This comes just as there is a Human Resources issue.
Franks hired his former district legislative office manager to be his “Executive Assistant.”
In addition, he hired a Democratic Party operative (managed a 2014 state rep. campaign in DuPage County) to the new post of “Communication Specialist.” (The Northwest Herald reports that part of his salary will come from the Transportation Department.)
That’s two patronage hires for positions that no former Republican County Board Chairman has required.
And, now Woodstock’s Susan Handelsman, has discovered that County government has no rules for hiring employees.
What do you think the odds are that the GOP majority will want Jack Franks to have a fellow Democrat heading that committee?
The other proposed members of the reconstituted Human Resources Committee are
- District 1 – Tom Wilbeck
- District 2 – Donna Kurtz
- District 3 – Don Kopsell
- District 4 – Kay Bates
- District 5 – Michael Rein
- District 6 – Mary McCann