The Sheriff Gets His Own Attroney

The McHenry County Jail entrance in warmer times.

Officially, McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi is Sheriff Keith Nygren’s attorney.

But the Sheriff has just hired a lawyer to be his Equal Employment Opportunity Officer.

That position was created after the Sheriff’s department ended up on the wrong end of a sex discrimination suit, my memory tells me.

The woman hired, Kathleen Seith, recently decided to leave the office. Seith was one of the people sued by Seipler in his Federal wrongful termination suit.

Replacing the $91,000-salaried woman is Assistant State’s Attorney Donald Leist, according to Undersheriff Andy Zinke. Seith will retire January 7th.

Leist represented the county in its defense of former Deputy Sheriff Zane Seipler’s suit requesting a special prosecutor be named to probe whether Sheriff Nygren had used taxpayer resources to advance his political career. Seipler, of course, was Nygren’s GOP primary opponent in 2010. The suit was filed just before the February election and still has not reached the decision stage.

Leist was replaced by Special Assistant State’s Attorney Bill Caldwell for reasons that have not been made public.

Leist resigned from the State’s Attorney’s Office on December 7, 2011. His last day will be December 21, 2011, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

His salary is the State’s Attorney’s Office is $81,946.80.

If he is treated as other non-union county employees, he will receive a 3% raise.

The job posting follows (click to enlarge):

Equal Employment Opportuning Office job posting.

In case you don’t want to peruse the document, this is included in the job’s responsibilities:

Responsibilities for other duties as may be specifically assigned to the EEO by the Sheriff, included but not limited to performing any mandated or permitted function of action allowed to be performed by the EEO or by the Sheriff.

And here are the job qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four year college or university and/or 5 years related experience and current knowledge of the Equal Employment Opportunity issues or equivalent combination of education and employment.
  • Juris Doctorate preferred. [Emphasis added.]
  • A minimum of five years working experience with law enforcement and correctional policies. Must have keen understanding of Patrol and Corrections duties, policies and regulations.
  • Familiarity with County Government including but not limited to duties of the Sheriff, Corrections and Patrol Divisions as well as civilian personnel.


The Sheriff Gets His Own Attroney — 2 Comments

  1. If memory serves me correctly, Seith got the job that was only supposed to be in place for 5 yrs. It has been in place a lot longer and at a very good salary that we the tax payers provide.

  2. It’s obvious that this hiring, of Leist, is a big thank you from the Sheriff to Leist, for his attempts to mess up the Seipler hearings in front of Judge Meyer.

    Quid pro quo?

    Also, why does the Sheriff’s Dept need an EEOC Officer? and why are we taxpayers forced to pay for this free spending Sheriff to trash his enemies?

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