There were a group of people wearing Paula Yensen campaign buttons who spoke in favor of approving Democrat Jack Franks’ appointment of Paula Yensen, the only Democrat elected to the County Board, as Chairman of the Human Resources Committee at Tuesday’s night meeting.
Before they spoke, however, former 16-year County Board member and GOP Precinct Committeeman Lou Anne Majewski commented.
She complained about Board Chairman Jack Franks having “created non-existent positions,” presumably referring to the Executive Assistant and Communications Specialist Franks hired without telling or gaining approval of the County Board.
Majewski revealed that when Yensen was asked if she would investigate “the patronage hires,”she declined to answer.
Ron Sloan, who lives in Crystal Lake, said he served on the Lake in the Hills Board with Yensen.
He described her as “a former teacher. She does her homework.”
He told the Board they were “crazy,” pointing out that the Committee on Committees voted 6-1 for Yensen to be Chairman of the Human Resources Committee.
“These tasks have been performed without these positions,” she said.
Former District 1 Democratic County Board member Nick Chirikos spoke in favor of Yensen, as did Judy Gottlieb of McHenry.
McHenry Township Assessor Mary Mahady, a Democrat running unopposed, inquired about the “true motivation” of those opposing Yensen’s nomination as Chairman.
She noted that an argument being used was that Yensen had not served on the committee before, a requirement in the Board rules.
Mahady asked why the same objection had not been made to appointing Joe Gottemoller as Chairman of the Transportation Committee.
(Gottemoller later pointed out that as County Board Chairman he has served as an ex officio member of all committees.)
Ringwood Democratic Precinct Committee Marti Swanson also spoke on Yensen’s behalf, as did 2016 District 6 Democratic County Board aspirant Cathy Johnson.
But the most remembered speech was given by Yensen campaign worker Heidi Jackson, who lives on Hillside in Crystal Lake.
“In one finger she has more integrity, intelligence than any of you collectively,” Jackson asserted.
Jackson said Yensen was “over qualified,” that she would be wasting her time heading the committee.
“You are so hateful,” the Democrat, who worked six month’s on Yensen’s campaign said.
“You should be eager to have her as chair, so you could blame her for everything.”
After all of this Yensen withdrew her name for consideration.