Here is what Wonder Lake’s Kelly Liebmann told the McHenry County Board last night:
This Friday we will witness a transition of government during the Presidential Inauguration ceremonies in Washington DC.
I recall 8 years ago, reporters discussing that our system of government is exceptional because every 4 or 8 years, power is handed over peacefully to a completely new Administration—regardless of a contentious election.
I wish the same could be said about our County government.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind the entire County Board, Chairman Franks, Administration, and the State’s Attorney’s office that in 2012 voters REJECTED the County Executive form of Government by almost a 2 to 1 margin.
Voters did not, and do not want, the McHenry County Chair to have any type of power resembling a County Executive, including the additional costs of Executive branch employees, separate legal counsel, Executive Assistants or Communications Specialists.
Chairman Franks’ actions continually overstep the intended power of the office, while circumventing protocols and violating fundamental management controls.
The Chairman’s hiring of two employees with the help of Administrator Austin, could subject McHenry County taxpayers to costly discrimination lawsuits.
Mr. Austin stated to the Northwest Herald “the hires do not increase the county’s personnel count because of previous staffing changes.”
I ask, when did these staffing changes occur?
Regarding vacant positions, Section 4 of the Salary Administration Policy states:
“If a position becomes vacant, steps must be taken to fill it within 90 days. Failure to take the appropriate steps to fill the position within 90 days will result in the position being eliminated.”
The erosion of the hiring and appointing processes will corrupt McHenry County, its employees, and elected officials.
Violating EEOC rules will cost taxpayers money.
Residents gave the County Board direction with their vote on the County Executive referendum of 2012.
We do not want the County Chair to have executive powers or cost taxpayers additional money.
Take back the power of the Board. Follow Board Rules.
Advise the State’s Attorney Office that legal opinion is not to be given to the Chair but only to the County Board. Instruct Administration to follow procedure and protocol.
The McHenry County Chair should have very limited power because the voters want it that way.