The following letter to the Northwest Herald by William Matteson is published with his permission:
County hires were unfair
It never crossed my mind that Jack Franks intended to corrupt McHenry County government when he stated during his campaign,
“I will fundamentally change the structure of government.”
Jack was sworn in in early December and immediately and purposely canceled all committee meetings for December 2016.
Board members and McHenry County were at a virtual standstill; important work could not get done.
In early January and without board approval, Jack improperly hired two former campaign workers/Illinois Democrat operatives to serve him personally.
These patronage hires were granted high-paying government jobs including health care and pension benefits that will cost taxpayers more than $130,000 annually.
In addition to the chairman not having powers granted by the Illinois Constitution to hire employees, the job openings were never posted to the public. Interviews were not conducted.
Salary policies were not followed; Jack’s cronies earn far more than other McHenry County employees in similar positions.
While campaigning, Franks also said, “Everyone will be held accountable, including myself.”
County Board members need to end Franks’ perverted use of government for personal gain.
Hold Jack Franks accountable for his actions.
Franks’ two patronage workers must be dismissed from their ill-considered positions.
If county policies and procedures are not kept in check now, corruption will flood McHenry County like it has Springfield and Chicago.