Pete Gonigam at the First Electric Newspaper reports that former McHenry County Board member Robert Bless has been let go by the Cook County Sheriff’s Department.
That county’s Merit Commission, which apparently actually has meetings, unlike the McHenry County Sheriff’s Merit Commission, found Bless to have “lied to [the Cook County Sheriff’s Office] so he could work two additional jobs” while on disability pay, First Electric reports.
There are various findings of the Cook County disciplinary agency, but the one I found most interested was his being on “‘duty injury’ status…That included a medical ban on driving a car and the Merit Board was especially incensed that ‘not only was [Bless] driving…[he] was getting reimbursed for such driving by the taxpayers of McHenry County.'”
The McHenry County Board pays mileage to equalize compensation for members who live at the far ends of the County. Bless lives in Fox River Grove.