Kelly Liebmann Takes County Board to Task over Jack Franks’ Patronage Hires

Here is what former McHenry County Board member candidate Kelly Liebmann said to the County Board last night:

Kelley Liebmann

The inappropriate and improper hiring of the Chairman’s Executive Assistant and
Communications Specialist must be addressed post haste.

The avoidance of communication to the Board and manner of approach regarding county affairs by the Chairman, Administrator and HR Director warrant a review.

As Board Members you could be financially liable.

Illinois Counties Code Article 5, Section 5-1013 states:  (55 ILCS 5/5-1013) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-1013)

Neglect of duty.

If any member of the county board of any county in this State shall willfully neglect to perform any of the duties which are or shall be required of him by law, as a member of the county board, he shall, for every such offense, forfeit the sum of $200, to be recovered in a civil action.

Jack Franks patronage worker Oliver Serafini wearing Franks campaign stickers at the McHenry Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.

The Fiscal Budget Policy was neglected. R-200210-12-196 was approved authorizing a county wide budget policy on vacant positions.

Three Items referring to the 90 day time limit to filling positions were ignored.

Also breached was the policy stating,

“If the above rules and guidelines are not followed, the position and budget will be automatically eliminated from the personnel roster.”

The Position Reclassification Budget Directive was also ignored.

Also violated in various ways is R-200305-12-113 the Employee Wage and Compensation System which reads, “all employee positions within the County organization are assigned a grade/range/and rate of pay by the Human Resources Department.”

Oliver Serafini’s McHenry County employee identification card showing he works for the Department of Transportation as well as for the County Board Chairman.

The Salary Administration Policy was bypassed; circumventing the Job Evaluation System and the Job Classification System that were approved by the County Board in R-200802-12-058.

A Position Analysis was not completed.

Position Descriptions were not developed by the Human Resources Department.

Salary Structure policies were not followed. Mid-year New Position Requests were not approved by the Liaison Committee, HR Committee, Finance and Audit Committee and the County Board.

I ask Board Members,

Are you going rectify your neglect of duty and rescind the employment of these two ill-considered hires, or are you going to let the Chairman and Administrator, who are not subject to penalty or liability, further delay action on this matter?


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Kelly Liebmann Takes County Board to Task over Jack Franks’ Patronage Hires — 23 Comments

  1. Wonder what will happen and / or has already happened?

    Jack Franks will consult the Parliamentarian he hired to represent the County Board Chair (which will be paid for with taxpayer dollars), who works for the company his PAC reported contributed $1,000 to the Supporters of Jack D Franks PAC just one day prior to Jack Franks being elected County Board Chair?

    The County Board will consult the county States Attorney?

  2. way to go Kelly…keep asking those questions…

    keep after the County Board and all who allow this kind of shenanigans to happen…………

  3. Hey, Bill? You never answered me on that post you made about Belmont and Kimball.

  4. Now there you go someone with some matter of fact get’r done people! the right way!

  5. Kelly should probably get a job of her own and start contributing before criticizing someone else.

    She probably wouldn’t need to use Obamacare either if she had a job.

  6. The Jack Franks hired Parliamentarian is Nick Peppers of Storino Ramello & Durkin which is located in Rosemont.

    Jack Franks is the first county board chair to have hired his own Parliamentarian.

    Past County Board Chairs have used the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s office for Parliamentarian services, whom have not charged the county for Parliamentarian services, over and above what they are already getting paid.

    But for an unexplained reason Jack Franks is using taxpayer dollars to outsource County Board Chair Parliamentarian services to a Cook County campaign contributor.

  7. I like her …

    she’s got spunk! ….

    and stood up to the Jacko Punk!

  8. Excellent point.

    Illinois has many laws which are enforced against citizens, and many laws which are not enforced when cavalierly overlooked by public employees.

  9. It appears Kelly Liebmann has done her research and is asking the County Board to adhere to their own rules and regulations.

    Great idea!

    Seems to me the majority of taxpayers and ordinary citizens adhere to the rules and regs of their employers and those who don’t end up employed elsewhere.

    Nothing novel there so why are the McHenry County Board and it’s elected Chairman any different?

    Each Board member AND the Chairman should be held to the highest standard because the public has entrusted them to do their job and to do it within the guidelines and parameters of the rules and regs.

    As a former Corporate Secretary (Liason to an international Board of Directors) and Executive Director for more than 18+ years reporting directly to the global Chairman of a privately held global corporation, it seems this was an end run around the Board of Directors and HR Committee to add staff that was neither approved nor needed in the past.

    And very much a “Let’s take a decision and ask forgiveness after the fact” action.

    I’ve seen it before and if the Board members don’t show some spine and nip this in the bud this Chairman will walk all over them.

    So, elected officials, which will it be?

    Talk talk talk in Board Meetings or do your job to adhere to County Board rules and budgets and hiring practices?

    We the taxpayers (and providers of your salary and benefits!) are waiting and watching. . .

    To the 4 County Board members who are standing strong against this gamesmanship, I applaud you and encourage you to stay the course and continue doing the right thing.

    Thank you!

  10. GASBAG GASSER, WHO IS A GASHOLE, MUST HAVE REALLY DONE IT THIS TIME. GASSER WAS OVERHEARD TALKING WITH HIS “GOOD FRINED” JACK FRANKS LAST NIGHT AFTER THE MEETING. THERE MAY BE A VIDEO! GASSER IS TALKING ABOUT “HIS PARTY” FALLING APART!

    GASBAG GASSER IS A TEA PARTY EXTREMIST. GET YOUR 4X4 VEHICLES NOW! GET YOUR OWN SALT FOR YOUR ROADS! GASSER THE DESTROYER IS RUINING MCHENRY COUNTY! GASBAG GASSER IS TRULY A DEMOCRAT! HE EVEN CALLED HIMSELF A “CLASSICAL LIBERAL”! GASSER WILL DESTROY ALGONQUIN TOWNSHIP AND THEN FLIP TO THE DEMOCRATS! GASSER IS A TEA BAGGER!

  11. You sound frantic and frenzied = Hysterical?

    Yep, all caps, too.

    We have read the same 4X4 statements by another poster – or are you the same?

  12. For all Progressives talk about getting corruption out of politics, they sure are remaining silent about the facts Ms. Liebmann mentioned above.

  13. I liked Kelly’s comments.

    I also liked the parable about the chickens and the weasels that Diane Evertsen’s friend read at ~34:30.

    Has anyone at the County released the particulars of what Jacko’s private Parliamentarian is being paid, or is that going to take a Freedom of Information Act request?

  14. Nope not the same, but that is good advice, especially if Andrew gets carried away and brings in a whole new partronage staff as unqualified as he is.

    Andrew and Jack have been working together on the reducing county levy by 10%, or so I’ve read on Andrews Facebook page.

    Sounds like that is something we should all support.

    Kelly is correct on this issue, and I like her bluntness also.

  15. You know what happens to the FRONT PAGE in a bird cage?

    Same goes for here on the blog when you make a complete a$s of yourself.

  16. Hey Cindy…Which post was that? Belmont and KImball….refresh my memory and I will….

  17. I don’t remember Cal’s post; only that you mentioned that address from your youth.

    I put a shout out to you because I believe we know many of the same people from I.S.

    Both of my husbands worked there.

    I also lived two doors from Freddy Price at one point.

    Remember Preston Fisher?

    Bruno Malkiore?

    Craig Tuber?

    I mostly know pressroom and management people.

    Jesse Fernandez is the only name that comes to mind from bindery.

    Anyway, are you that Bill?

  18. Bill? I’m not. Would love to sit down and chew on the good old days. Maybe you could ask Cal to give you my email address. (He knows who I am.)

  19. How can McHenry County citizens initiate action to force County Board members to act to enforce County Code or be subject to $200 fines?

  20. Here is another example of changing job descriptions in Illinois government to accommodate political hires.

    This one involves the Rod Blagojevich administration.

    +++++++++++++

    Chicago Magazine

    Mr. Un-Popularity

    – Rod Blagojevich was something of a golden boy when he became the governor of Illinois – a young, charismatic champion of change with powerful backers and presidential aspirations.

    By David Bernstein

    January 17, 2008

    “The governor’s former inspector general, Zaldwaynaka ‘Z’ Scott, condemned Blagojevich’s hiring practices in a 2004 report, saying his administration’s efforts to skirt state hiring laws reflected ‘not merely an ignorance of the law, but complete and utter contempt for the law.’

    Scott’s report charged that Blagojevich’s patronage chief, Joe Cini, who is also under federal scrutiny, rigged job descriptions and credentials that allowed him to place applicants in jobs that were, by law, supposed to be free of political influence.”

    http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/February-2008/Mr-Un-Popularity/index.php?cparticle=8&siarticle=7#artanc

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