At the end of the last McHenry County Board meeting, McHenry County Board member Andrew Gasser announced that he would resign prior to taking office as Algonquin Township Road Commissioner on May 15th.
He said he “didn’t want to be a double dipper.”
In 2014, Gasser won the Republican Primary Election giving him the right to challenge incumbent Democrat Nick Chirikos.
Coming in second place behind Bob Nowak, Gasser beat Chirikos by 6,349 to 5,971.
After the 2016 GOP Primary Election, he won the post of Algonquin Township Republican Party Chariamn.
On the County Board Gasser was on the tax cutting side, suporting Mike Walkup’s lowering of the Valley Hi Nursing Home part of the budget by $3 million.
That was evident in last year’s tax bills.
This past November, Gasser was on the side of those who voted to zero out the Valley Hi levy, which would have eliminated the tax on a fund with more than $40 million in the bank and an operation that pretty much breaks even. (The tax cutters lost that tax abolition effort by a vote of 14-6 on the all-Republican Board.)
When asked about accomplishments, Gasser pointed to quarterly reports he initiated to show how much the legislative mandate to raise juror stipends was costing McHenry County. (This is legislation supported by then State Rep. Jack Franks.)
Gasser characterized that as “additional transparency.”
He also pointed to the resolution just passed to cut the McHenry County Budget by 10%.
He also urged County Board members to end their IMRF pensions.
On his blog, Gasser just put up the following:
I have made many campaign promises that I am going to fulfil. I made these three promises:
- I promised I would not take the Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Health Plan.
- I promised I would not take the Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Politician pension plan known as IMRF.
- I promised I would not be a double dipper and maintain two elected positions at once..
I want you to know I have made good on these three promises. You can read about it here.
When I won on April 4th there would be enormous pressure for me to resign immediately – I did not bow to this pressure.
My last day as your county board member is May 14th and I start work on May 15th as the highway commissioner.
Gasser’s replacement must be a Republican, according to State law, but, also according to State law, it must be made by the County Board Chairman, Jack Franks, a Democrat.
That appointment, however, must be ratified by the McHenry County Board before it becomes effective.
Already more than a rumor is reporting that Franks wants to appoint Bob Miller, whom Gasser defeated in the Februrary 28th GOP Primary Election.
Franks has been a regular attender of Miller’s wine and cheese fundraisers.
Concerning his replacement, Gasser writes on his blog:
With that WE NEED TO FIND SOMEONE TO FILL MY VACANCY on the McHenry County Board.
If you are interested or know someone who is please have them contact me.
The process begins now.
We need to continue to build our local Republican Party with fiscally responsible people who will limit the powers of local government and embrace free market solutions to our needs.