Here is how McHenry County Clerk and Recorder of Deeds Joe Tirio is avoiding being a double-dipper:
JOE TIRIO’S RENUNCIATION OF COMPENSATION AND ALL
BENEFITS FOR MCHENRY COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS
A core value of fundamental importance to Joseph J. Tirio, hereinafter Joe Tirio, and the voters who support him is smaller, more efficient, and less costly government,
Many counties in the State of Illinois save money by having the duties of the Recorder of Deeds and County Clerk performed by one elected official, the County Clerk,
Joe Tirio wishes to simultaneously serve as Recorder of Deeds for no compensation while he performs his duties as County Clerk for compensation,
Joe Tirio, elected to a 4-year term in 2016 to the office of Recorder of Deeds, FN1 and just elected to County Clerk for a 4-year term in 2018, FN2 has an opportunity to save taxpayers money by doing both jobs simultaneously, but receiving a salary and benefits for only County Clerk,
Joe Tirio by not resigning as Recorder of Deeds from 2018-2020 will prevent politicians from filling his vacancy as Recorder of Deeds with a person receiving a salary and benefits for the last two years of his 4-year term as Recorder of Deeds,
In 2020 the position of Recorder of Deeds in McHenry County will by law be abolished,
Joe Tirio wishes to confirm his Renunciation of Compensation and All Benefits for McHenry County Recorder of Deeds, i.e., no compensation as Recorder of Deeds, means no compensation, and,
Joe Tirio wishes to confirm this arrangement is permitted by Illinois law:
Joe Tirio renounces any and all right, title or interest in and to any salary, compensation, or other monetary benefit of any type for his services as McHenry County Recorder of
Deeds from December 1, 2018 to the expiration of his term, and that office, on
November 30, 2020.
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FN1 Joe Tirio is the duly elected and sitting McHenry County Recorder of Deeds and his current term expires on November 30, 2020.
FN2 Joe Tirio ran for the office of McHenry County Clerk and was elected to that office on November 6, 2018. He will assume the office of McHenry County Clerk on December 1, 2018.
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Joe Tirio acknowledges that McHenry County will rely on this Renunciation of Compensation and All Benefits for McHenry County Recorder of Deeds and wishes to be so bound.
Joe Tirio while performing his duties as County Clerk from 2018-2022, for compensation as set forth by law, will also perform the duties of Recorder of Deeds for no compensation, including but not limited to any salary, health insurance, IMRF benefit or any other benefit, monetary or financial compensation, directly or indirectly, from 2018-2020.
Joe Tirio’s renunciation is made in reliance upon the following two representations made by the McHenry County State’s Attorney:
First, the State’s Attorney has researched applicable Illinois law and states that there is no prohibition to Joe Tirio serving as County Clerk and receiving a salary while simultaneously performing the duties of Recorder of Deeds for no compensation, i.e. no salary, benefits, IMRF contribution or any form of monetary compensation for that position, either directly or indirectly, for 2018-2020.
In other words, the State’s Attorney states the arrangement described in this document is lawful, and,
Second, the State’s Attorney state that by Joe Tirio’s renunciation of his rights to salary, benefits, IMRF contribution or any form of compensation for the position of Recorder of Deeds, there will be no cost to the County.
By Joe Tirio agreeing to no compensation, there will be no compensation to him or other cost to the County and its taxpayers, such as mandatory contributions, mandatory deductions, or any other
financial benefit to Joe Tirio.
In other words, no compensation means no compensation.
With those representations having been made by the State’s Attorney and County Administrator as confirmed by their signatures below:
Joe Tirio will serve as County Clerk from 2018-2022 for compensation as provided by
Joe Tirio will serve as Recorder of Deeds from 2018-2020 for no compensation.
Joe Tirio will simultaneously perform the duties of McHenry County Clerk and Recorder
of Deeds from 2018-2020.
Joe Tirio will cease performing the duties of Recorder of Deeds when that position is
abolished by law in 2020.
Joe Tirio hereby relinquishes, forfeits, declines and refuses to accept any salary, other
compensation and benefits, including IMRF and health insurance benefits, and any and all social security deductions and contributions to which he may otherwise be entitled for his service as McHenry County Recorder of Deeds beginning December 1,2018 through the expiration of his term on November 30, 2020.
The intent of this Renunciation of Recorder of Deeds Compensation, Salary and Benefits is that Joe Tirio shall be compensated only for his service as McHenry County Clerk and shall be entitled to all benefits, including health insurance, IMRF, and anyand all other benefits authorized by the McHenry County Board as compensation forthe office of McHenry County Clerk pursuant to Resolution # ______________.
Joe Tirio agrees to hold McHenry County harmless from any and all liability which the County may incur as a result of this Renunciation of Compensation and All Benefits forMcHenry County Recorder of Deeds and hereby releases, remises and forever discharges the County and its agents from and against all claims, demands, rights, causes of action and damages of any kind, including costs and expenses of litigation arising out of this Renunciation of Compensation and All Benefits for McHenry County Recorder of Deeds.
Joe Tirio acknowledges that upon execution of this Renunciation of Compensation and All Benefits for McHenry County Recorder of Deeds he shall have no right to rescind this Agreement at a later date and that he has had an opportunity to consult with his own personal counsel, Philip Prossnitz, and has had this document reviewed and enters into same of his own volition, voluntarily and with full knowledge as to the financial, benefit, tax, and other implications.
Agreed to and Accepted by the Parties:
Joe Tirio and Norm Vinton for McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally