Appointed Coroner Would Report to Jack Franks Just Like Other Appointed Department Heads

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.


Specimen and evidence collection materials, vehicle, personal computer, financial software, payroll system, multi-line telephone, general office equipment, copier/scanner/fax, camera.


Knowledge of:

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.


Appointed Coroner Would Report to Jack Franks Just Like Other Appointed Department Heads — 9 Comments

  1. Peter Austin needs an HR meeting, a write up and a plan for improvement or warning he’s going to be fired.

    Changing the Org chart isn’t the job of a functionary.

    Or is it?

    If the County Board just lays down on this, like it has on every single idiotic Jack move, then I guess a flunkie can change the County Org chart at will.

    We’ll see.

    How much faith do you have your elected Board members will suddenly wake up to their responsibilities?

  2. Why does Austin have a yen for all things homophile?

    Where did he come from?

    What does he have on Franks?

    What’s the connection between Austin and Mark Justen?

  3. Many many questions on questionable acts. 🤔


  4. Next they’ll want to appoint the McHenry County States Attorney.

    Oh wait, someone already owns and controls this balding, pear shaped hand puppet.

  5. how can someone be in charge of anything when one breaks OUR LABOR LAWS?

    and gets away with it still!

    Tell me?

    oh that’s right we are living in the corrupt toilet bowl state…

    I near forgot.

  6. Frank, bootlicker and rear end sniffer Kenneally already reports to Franks!

  7. Austin reads this blog ever day, so I ask Peter Austin, is the “Leopardman” full of it or is he right?

    People wanna know!

  8. Leopardman.

    Could it have been a me-too movement waiting to happen in the administration offices that just disappeared?

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