A letter to the editor of the Northwest Herald from Woodstock’s Susan Handelsman, re-published with the permission of its author:
Let a judge decide McHenry County Board hiring dispute
Fact checking and logic refute sophistry by County Board Chairman recently printed in the newspaper which until August employed Chairman’s newly hired personal assistant as a reporter.
County Board Chairman has two jobs to perform:
- create agendas and
- conduct meetings.
He may also create ad-hoc committees as he sees fit, and must present a “State of the County” address.
Given that workload, there is no need for additional staff.
All prior Chairpersons managed simply utilizing existing administrative staff when or if needed.
By unilaterally dictating hiring of two of his campaign workers as personal assistants, in violation of County Code and salary administration policy, Chairman pressured all County Board Members to selectively enforce (in this case, NOT enforce) County Code at risk of personal liability.
He put taxpayers at risk of litigation by any job applicant who was NOT subject to extraordinary considerations granted these two new employees (only a jury may say whether bigotry was not the actual reason why other applicants did not receive similar exemptions from County Code), and objections by any citizens who were subjects of ENFORCEMENT of County Code by those empowered and obligated to do so.
The 8 minority County Board members castigated in Chairman’s editorial have voting records on public record.
If the 8 weren’t a minority, our County would not be within the top 1/4 of 1% highest property tax rate Counties in America.
The 8 have fought Valley Hi excess tax accumulation (long before Chairman ran for office) as well as other questionable County spending.
Let a Judge Decide.
Chairman filed a quo warrento (“by what authority?”) lawsuit against LITH water district.
Board could file quo warrento suit against Chairman asking for description of authority granting rights to execute these hirings in the manner they were performed.
Judge would decide at a bench trial, which should cost no more than the Chairman’s LITH suit.
This ruling would allow clarity for all future job applicants and potential litigants as to the level of personal political connection needed in order to obtain County jobs.
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In the same Sunday Northwest Herald appears an editorial about Jack Franks’ secret Request for Qualifications for an agent to lease Valley Hi.
The editorial does not mention Franks’ name, which makes one wonder if the Franks has some connection to the paper.
Neither was there an article about the County Board meeting when Jack Franks’ RFQ was rescinded.
And, the meeting of the Internal Services Committee at which Jack Franks’ request to create official positions for the two patronage spots did not merit an article either.