For an off year election, Algonquin Township is clearly shaping up to have the most contested Republican Primary election in memory.
Political newcomer Rachael Lawrence and candidate for Algonquin Township Trustee attended the Algonquin Township board meeting and gave a statement at public comment. Here is her statement:
As a taxpayer of unincorporated Algonquin Township and a Committeeman representing Cary’s 3rd Precinct, I’ve heard many concerns from constituents about nepotism in this township–specifically within the Highway Department operated under Bob Miller.
As I researched the topic myself, I was appalled to learn that not only is Mr. Miller the THIRD generation in succession to hold his position, he has also three additional familial employees being compensated well above the comparable average salaries.
When I asked Mr. Miller directly who he wanted to replace him when he inevitably retires, he answered “Derek Lee, my son in law,” lining up yet a FOURTH generation family member to take the throne, so to speak.
In a Northwest Herald article entitled “Township jobs all in the family” Mr. Miller himself is directly quoted stating, “You use ‘nepotism’ as a dirty word.”
While I realize that in the bygone era of predominantly rural townships, it was common for families to run these departments, Algonquin Township has grown and modernized over the last 51 years since the first generation of this family dynasty began.
Many citizens are now demanding that this township be run as a public government entity and not a family business.
I come before you tonight, on behalf of those concerned citizens to ask that the township board, and especially the Highway Department, adopt policies that denounce nepotism, ensure every job opening within the township is publicly posted, that everyone has a fair shot at employment, that interviews take place, and salaries be commensurate with the market standard.
While I have nothing but praise for the way Mr. Miller has managed the maintenance of my street, I do have ethical and moral reservations about what some call the abuse of his position to benefit his own interests.
Put quite simply, the ends don’t justify the means.