Here is McHenry County’s reply to a Freedom of Information request from Woodstock’s Susan Handelsman.
Her question was
Please supply the written rules and protocol for hiring practices as they relate to publicly posting job openings and conducting applicant interviews.
Please cite the Statutory Authority and County Resolution for establishment of these rules and protocol.
She writes in a comment,
“I FOIAed the County protocol on posting open positions and hiring interview practices from the dept of Human Services.”
Below is the reply she received:
McHenry County does not have written rules for hiring practices as they relate to publicly posting job openings and conducting applicant interviews. [Emphasis added.]
McHenry County’s protocol is when an appointed department head is ready to fill a vacant budgeted position they notify Human Resources and Human Resources posts the position on our website and various other websites.
Human Resources then collects the applications electronically and forwards those applications to the departments.
The departments review the applications, interview candidates, and offer a position.
Human Resources then conducts background checks and schedules physicals if needed.
The department notifies Human Resources who they are going to hire and when.
We do encourage Elected Officials to follow the same process as the appointed department heads but they are not required to do so.
Since McHenry County does not have written rules for hiring practices, is unaware of any statutory authority, and does not have a County Resolution regarding hiring practices this response is a partial denial of your request.
You have a right to have the denial of your request reviewed by the Public Access Counselor (PAC) at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. 5 ILCS 140/9.5(a).
You can file your Request for Review with the PAC by writing to:
Public Access Counselor Sarah Pratt
Office of the Attorney General
500 South 2nd Street, Springfield, Illinois 62706
Phone: 1-877-299-3642 Fax: 217-782-1396
You also have the right to seek judicial review of your denial by filing a lawsuit in the State circuit court. 5 ILCS 140/11. If you choose to file a Request for Review with the PAC, you must do so within 60 calendar days of the date of this denial letter. 5 ILCS 140/9.5(a). Please note that you must include a copy of your original FOIA request and this denial letter when filing a Request for Review with the PAC.
Holly Eddy | Human Resource Analyst
McHenry County | 2200 N Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098
Phone: (815) 334-4219 | Fax: (815) 334-4648
Looks like easy remedy, if County Board Member so desired: pass a resolution to create a protocol.
That would at least protect taxpayers from discrimination lawsuits.