A petition is circulating in Oakwood Hills to encourage the village board to eliminate its police department and contract with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department for protection.
We, the citizens of Oakwood Hills Illinois, demand that the Oakwood Hills Police Department be immediately disbanded and that all policing activities going forward be conducted by the McHenry County Sheriff’s department.
We believe that a part-time staff police officers, who do not provide around the clock service on a daily basis, are ineffective and unnecessarily costly.
We believe our community deserves a full-time community policing, which can be provided by the McHenry County Sheriff’s department more effectively and at a significantly reduced cost.
As I copied the petition content from the Facebook page, Brian Wilson, who started the petition, had obtained 153 supporters.
Beneath the petition are places for people to explain why they are signing the petition.
The comments focus on harassment of teenagers and others, tickets for minor offenses, lack of professionalism, 24-hour coverage, enforcement to raise revenue, the re-hiring of an office not found acceptable, etc.
Some people are quite explicit about their complaints.
Not all signers from the Oakwood Hills.
Election turnout two years ago for village board was low:
This year’s April 4th elect ballot will lead people to think they can elect a write-in candidate:
And they can, as long as her name is Mary Beth Salvo.
State law requires write-in candidates to register such an intention way before the election.
Salvo currently serves on the village board.