The following was read to the McHenry County Board last night by ROAR fpr AJ Spokesperson Tracy Kotzman:
I am with an organization that reaches 14,000 members who are
actively discussing their concerns regarding a member of this board, one who has been involved in a nationally reported death of a child.
Allegedly it appears as if this person made critical errors in judgement
regarding not only this childs well being but his overall safety.
Isn’t their concern that your fellow board member may be failing in his
most critical duties to the children of McHenry County due to his added
responsibilities he takes on within this board?
I know myself and many in our community and outside of our community are concerned.
After many years of experience with DCFS, he is currently being investigated.
Officials at DCFS, knowing that they are short staffed and have high case loads made the decision to have Carlos Acosta removed from any case work and placed on administrative duties.
Their decision to do so along with his previous disciplinary actions concerns us greatly.
Does that not give you pause?
With the past and recent troubles he is facing with his employment
with DCFS, it is our opinion that he is not capable of being efficient and
diligent in his responsibilities.
It appears as if he has too much on his plate, and he should make a choice which position, in which organization he can adequately direct his focus on and better serve.
If he didn’t represent AJ and other at risk children to the best of his ability, then how can we believe he can represent McHenry County?
I certainly do not want him representing me.
DCFS investigators are in violation of a consent decree, by accepting case loads in excess of that decree.
The concensus is that these investigators are struggling to do their jobs properly, yet Carlos Acosta has time to take on added responsibilities outside of his very critical position where children are at risk?
Including representing McHenry County, District 5, the very same district this tragedy was allowed to happen in? [AJ Freiund was bured in Distict 5, but die in District 2.]
How could this be ethically or I believe there are many people in this room that were and are familiar with with Andrew Freund SR. the attorney that practiced here for years.
Some went to school with him, some lived in the same community with him.
Decisions made by this board affected that attorney, personally and professionally.
So I ask you is it appropriate or ethical for said member of this board to participate in an investigation of this attorney, an officer of the court, for which this board is associated?
Knowing what you know now, do you feel this board member is acting
in the best interests of this community?
I certainly do not.
I believe he his incompentence in fulfilling critical duties he has been
Does this board review, consider and make decisions about the conduct
of its members?
Are you concerned about public perception with regards to highly visible and controversial actions of said members?
What, if any ramifications on this county would come as a result, if his
employment with DCFS is terminated?
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And from Aurora Thornton:
Mr. Chairman, it’s reported that you made a statement, to indicate that your placing the blame for AJ’s death on what you refer to as a “collective failure”.
We are in agreement with that conclusion. We believe, collectively, that DCFS, residents of AJ household, the judicial system is culpable as well as the drug dealers and in our opinion Mr. Carlos Acosta.
In our opinion, in order to remedy a collective failure, all parties to that collective failure, should be appropriately sanctioned.
The life of a young boy is the result of this “collective failure”. We now, have a zero tolerance policy as a group, and as a community….for “collective failures” regarding the children of this county.
We believe that Mr. Acosta should be allowed to resign his position on this board immediately.
We expect this board to ask for, if not demand, that resignation.
You were quoted as saying this isn’t about Carlos Acosta. This is a broken system.”
You were also quoted as saying, ” This is about a system that DCFS Workers who have 15 children they’re supposed to take care of have 40 or 50. That’s what this is.”
Mr. Chairman, your quotes, have some merit, we agree.
Per a long standing Federal Consent Decree, DCFS has specific limitations on how many current, and how many new cases may be assigned to someone such as Mr. Acosta during any given month.
It’s alleged that Mr. Acosta was violating the terms of that decree.
We agree, that this job is an intense and taxing profession, even when appropriate case loads are observed.
Mr. Acosta, who allegedly had an overload of children to protect, nevertheless, feels that he has plenty of time and energy to serve as an elected official representing a very complex and diverse county.
We believe that Mr. Acosta has over extended his abilities to get one job done properly, let alone his many other professions.
Again, we are asking for a resignation.
In the quote from Rep. David McSweeney, “I don’t think that this is someone that should be in public service.
“He should resign from public service and move on.”
Mr. chairman this is in fact about Carlos Acosta.