Four men who want to fill out newly-appointed Metra Board member Ken Koehler’s McHenry County Board term were interviewed for over an hour and a half Thursday afternoon by four County Board members.
After the interviews, Chairman Joe Gottemoller announced that he was going to talk to all the Board members before revealing his choice.
The four interviewed were Crystal Lake City Councilmen Cameron Hubbard and Jeff Thorsen, long-time Republican Precinct Committeeman Tom McDermott. plus custom home builder John Reinert.
Doing the interviewing, besides Gottemoller, were Michele Aavang, Jim Heisler and Mike Skala.
All said they intended to run for County Board in District 2 next year whether or not they were appointed.
Three are only named in this story Cal. Opps?
When Joe Gottemoller says “he’ll talk to all County Board members” before making his choice I certainly hopes he does his “talking” within the Open Meetings Act requirements.
Past behavior of County Board has revealed finessing these situations, i.e., members coming and going during the conduct of the meeting, to circumvent the attendance ratio for a public meeting. How do we avoid the one on one lobbying of Board Members??
Jeff Thorsen’s name has been added.
Bad News CRLAKER, OMA allows for closed session for discussion of appointments
Mr. Jobbs: not that I doubt you, but can you provide the citation from OMA for this/appointment exemption?
I’m always happy to become enlightened.
THORSEN for APPOINTMENT to COUNTY BOARD!
Open Meeting act. – The Open Meetings Act defines a “meeting” to include “any gathering,
whether in person or by video or audio conference, telephone call, electronic means (such
2 1/8/2013 as, without limitation, electronic mail, electronic chat, and instant messaging), or other
means of contemporaneous interactive communication, of a majority of a quorum of the
members of a public body held for the purpose of discussing public business or, for a
5-member public body, a quorum of the members of a public body held for the purpose
of discussing public business.
Accordingly, for a 5-member public body, 3 members of the body constitute a quorum and the affirmative vote of 3 members is necessary to adopt any motion, resolution, or ordinance, unless a greater number is otherwise required.”
I don’t think he meant he was going to pull 11 of them in at once to discuss.
He was going to talk with other members- as a Board Chair often does to get input from the board.
Governance does not imply conspiracy
No to Thorsen