A letter to the Northwest Herald printed with permission of author Kelly Liebmann of Wonder Lake:
During inauguration ceremonies eight years ago, reporters described how our system of government is exceptional because power is handed over peacefully to a new administration, regardless of a contentious election.
I wish the same could be said about McHenry County government.
This letter is to remind readers, the County Board, Chairman Jack Franks, County Administration, and the State’s Attorney’s Office that in 2012, voters rejected the County Executive form of government by almost a two-to-one margin.
Voters did not, and do not want, the County Board chairman 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.
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 Peter Austin could subject taxpayers to costly discrimination lawsuits.
The erosion of hiring and appointing processes will corrupt McHenry County, its employees and elected officials.
Residents gave the County Board direction with their vote on the 2012 County Executive referendum.
We do not want the chairman to have executive powers or cost taxpayers additional money.
County board members must take back the power of the board. Follow board rules.
Advise the State’s Attorney Office that legal opinions are not to be given to the chairman.
Instruct the administration to follow procedure and protocol.
The chairman should have very limited power because the voters want it that way.