McHenry County Administrator Peter Austin released a draft job description for McHenry County Authority at the Law and Government Committee today.
The only thing missing is the salary.
The essential change from the current voter elected position is the Coroner would no longer be independent.
(McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has refused to follow the law mandating him to appoint a replacement for retired Dr. Anne Majewski, so the position remains under the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s Department.)
The appointed Coroner would report to “County Administration for purposes of providing general oversight.”
Guess who is at the top of the organization chart of “County Administration?”
You only get one guess.
And who appoints Department heads?
The Chairman of the County Board.
Here are the qualifications for the position:
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in medical sciences, forensics, criminal justice or a related field; and
At least five years of experience working as a Deputy Coroner or in a Medical Examiner’s Office or a related field with at least three years in a supervisory role; or
Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge and skill to perform the essential functions of the job.
Previous experience with crime scene investigations and public sector organizations preferred.
Possess a valid driver’s license and maintain the continuous ability to lawfully operate a motor vehicle in the State of Illinois.
Possess and maintain a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card or ability to obtain one within six months.
Licenses and Certifications:
Within 6 months of being commissioned by the State of Illinois, successfully complete the Coroner’s Training Board program to become certified.
Board Certification the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) or other similar accrediting agency preferred.
MATERIAL AND EQUIPMENT USED:
Specimen and evidence collection materials, vehicle, personal computer, financial software, payroll system, multi-line telephone, general office equipment, copier/scanner/fax, camera.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Applicable state, federal and local laws, rules and regulations.
Methods and techniques of death investigations, autopsies, criminal investigation, specimen collection and custody of evidence.
Accepted personnel practices, procedures and policies.
Administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Computer applications related to the work
It appears as if Jack Franks original idea, that of getting the Lake County Coroner to be the titular McHenry County Coroner through an Intergovernmental Agreement, reported on McHenry County Blog in June of 2017, has been discarded.