Still more of the debate on giving County Administrator Peter Austin five-year contract:
Mary McCann explained that she liked by Thorsen had said, but still wanted to vote on the resolution.
Chris Christensen, appointed only weeks ago, said that he was “completely incapable of judging whether he’s done a good job or not.”
Evertsen pointed out that the contract has been in effect since June 7, 2005.
“I’m not aware of the County Board even having reviewed the contract.”
To be changed, the County Board would have had to have acted during May.
“Are they smart enough by May?
“Apparently they have been for twelve years.”
The motion to delay voting on the motion failed on a voice vote.
Moving on to the mail motion,Yvonne Barnes unloaded her disdain with the following:
“This is not an evaluation.
“This is an employment contract.
“I respectfully disagree with the people who don’t consider this a political agenda item.
“I think it smacks of it and it’s the worst case I’ve ever seen.
“It went through committee [which] was selectively chosen because of its make-up.
“It didn’t go through Human Resources [Committee].
“I think this smacks of dirty politics.
Larry Smith took the floor to point out the document was an “at will contract,” meaning Austin could be fired any time.
“I think the five-years is really an irrelevant argument.
Carolyn Schofield took offense at Barnes’ comments.
“The way this was done is extremely common.
“I think the compensation in here is on the low side.
“I’m just disgusted with the way this is headed.
“It makes me sad this Board has become so dysfunctional and so jaded and believe in such conspiracies that occur.
“We try to run a professional organization here and this is anything but when we come to these meetings…
“This is really disgusting.”
Schofield contended that Austin is what “bind[s] this organization” together.
“To sit here and say that there’s a conspiracy that is going on here and there’s politics being played here, he is what binds us
“And if we don’t have a strong administrator to continue and to remove politics from the day-to-day operation and to have a continuous flow that we are going to need in the next month this will be even more dysfunctional than we are today.”
McHenry County Board Joe Gottemoller added his opinion at this point.
“I would not want to be chairman of this organization without a strong administrator.”
Chuck Wheeler took offense at what Schofield said.
“This is a vote on this contract.
“We are not voting on Mr. Austin.
“We are not voting on his performance.
“If you want to get political Ms. Schofield, that’s what’s happening here.”
With the mention of Schofield’s name, Gottemoller admonished Wheeler to address the whole Board, not an individual member.
The contract was approved 13-8.