That’s the hot rumor of the answer to a question that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks asked of McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally.
Advice I’ve heard that is given to beginning attorneys:
“Never ask a question you don’t know the answer to.”
It seems that veteran attorney Franks did not follow that advice.
So now, it seems he has an opinion that says the County Board has the authority to hire and fire and that the County Board can eliminate positions.
If so, that would mean the twenty-three Republicans on the twenty-four person County Board could get rid of the two patronage positions that have disturbed a number of Board members.
Other information being passed around also confirms what any good attorney could have figured out for himself.
Constitutional officials like the Sheriff, State’s Attorney, County Clerk, etc., have more power over their employees than non-constitutional countywide elected officials like the County Board Chairman.
I figured that out when I was County Treasurer in the late 1960’s..
Funny how Jack Franks couldn’t come to the same conclusion fifty years later.
After all, we still have the same state constitution.