The patronage employees that Jack Franks hired without County Board authorization around Christmas last year did not received a reprieve in the Internal Services Committee yesterday.
After Franks prevailed upon County Administrator Peter Austin to exceed the hiring authority granted him by County Board ordinance, a number of Board members tried to force the issue over a number of months.
They were thwarted by Franks and Austin.
The issue was finally brought to the McHenry County Board floor by petitions for Special Meetings initiated by Craig Wilcox, Jeff Thorsen and Chuck Wheeler.
The first Special Meeting could not be held because allies of Franks failed to attend.
Franks finally put the subject of the patronage hires on the agenda the night of the second Special Meeting.
At that meeting, the issue was fully vetted.
Joe Gottemoller moved to reverse Wilcox’ resolution so that it would read that the two positions would be created, rather than be abolished.
The motion passed.
The issue was then referred to three County Board committees:
- Human Resources
- Internal Services
Wednesday the issue was before Internal Services.
There the resolution to authorize the two positions was defeated 4-1.
Michele Aavang was the only one supporting Franks’ position.
Those voting in opposition were
- Yvonne Barnes
- Jim Heisler
- Michael Rein
- Mike Walkup
Kay Bates and Donna Kurtz were absent.