The following was written by former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster:
4/12/17 McHenry County’s Internal Support & Facilities (ISF) meeting:
There is no greater insult to voters/taxpayers than public officials who think their responsibility is to their own personal comfort-zone, personal agenda, or worse yet, in this case, covering for County Board Chairman Jack Franks by working to move his agenda forward.
On this count, Michele Aavang & Kay Bates certainly exposed their true colors today.
This is what happens when people place their names on a ballot where it is easier to be elected than on a ballot fitting their personal philosophies.
Once again, KUDO’s to Yvonne Barnes, Mike Walkup, Donna Kurtz, Michael Rein, and Jim Heisler for coming to the meeting prepared and for understanding what they will be talking about.
It is enlightening to see these folks standing strong against those who would go-along-to-get-along.
Still at issue is a resolution attempting to “‘legitimizing” the inappropriate hiring of 2 people by the County Board Chairman… in collusion with County Administrator Peter Austin.
The resolution was again voted down.
It appears the County Administer put himself in a no-win situation when he succumbed to demands of the newly elected County Board Chairman to hire “his” people.
These positions were neither needed, nor were they approved by the board.
This simple fact was explained by member Walkup as he quoted County Policy.
Unfortunately, it may be time for the Internal Services and Facilities Committee to place a document in the Administrator’s personnel file depicting the insubordinate acts that have occurred.
He has clearly been evasive and irresponsible in dealing with both the ISF and HR committees on the matter.
There may actually be more to this scenario than we know as others at the county may be feeling threatened.
Could it be that the same holds true for the Administrator?
County board members… it would appear there are much deeper issues needing investigation.
Regarding our Administrator, it would be most disappointing to have him leave his position because he was put between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place and unable to feel he could bring his concerns to board members.
For years, he has represented McHenry County in a professional manner and has had the county running like a well-oiled machine.
There has to be a reason he would throw himself under the political bus.