Former Board Member Ersel Schuster and Republican candidate for County Board District 6 felt the need to defend Pam Palmer after attacks made by commenters on this blog.
Ersel Schuster’s commentary can be read below:
Responding to The Un-Hinged Among Us
Is it my imagination or are we witnessing an unusual number of McHenry County residents going off the rails?
Case in point, note the comments following the 12/8/16 article on this Blog about McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer’s decision to resign her position.
The comments and personal attacks are clearly uncalled for, are filthy, and most disgusting.
The gentle, fair and welcoming residents of McHenry County who made this a great place are now faced with a population of crude and unethical people… how disappointing!
The venom they spew comes easy as they hide behind their pseudonyms.
Having said that, one comment did expose the reason behind this angst.
It was not that long ago that Ms. Palmer refused payment of a bill submitted by the County Clerk’s office. Seems some fleece jackets, with a County logo, were given to employees of the Clerk’s Office as Christmas presents, from the County Clerk.
This expenditure didn’t fit the criteria for taxpayer funded payment.
In retaliation for not approving these charges, Ms. Palmer’s sister was vindictively fired from the Clerk’s office staff.
Pure and simple… vindictive payback.
To those who do not know Ms. Palmer, and the work she has done on our behalf, understand one point.
She has always performed her duties, even when it was going to result in her being chastised for doing the right thing and enforcing policy.
In other words, she stood up to power and called out wrong-doing.
Case in point above.
I pray to God those of you who have been so vicious toward Ms. Palmer in your response to the original article about her retirement, will never have to experience all the personal issues she and her family are dealing with.
It was not her choice to move her final employment date to Jan. 5th… that date change was out of her control.
This resignation is not what Ms. Palmer planned or wanted.
There are times when life has a way of stepping in and changing direction in a heartbeat.
This is one of those times for Ms. Palmer and her family.
For the residents of McHenry County, we could not have asked for a better public servant.
From past personal experience as a member of the county board and dealing with the Auditor’s office, I can say with authority, this is a position that is critical to every taxpayer in the county.
In the past, there have been those who worked to eliminate this office and it appears that may be occurring again.
Be advised, and question highly, anyone who wants to eliminate the one true check and balance in county government.
Eliminating this office makes it easy for nasty things to happen.
This is a critical position… answerable to us… the taxpayers.
We need to watch closely as the interim appointment is made to the position.
Further, we must work to see that the elected candidate for the position is someone in the image of Ms. Palmer.
More information on Ersel Schuster can be found on her website: www.electschuster.com