Some of those elected to the Winnebago County Board want to take some power away from the Republican County Board Chairman, elected at-large just like in McHenry County.
In an article in today’s Rockford Register-Star entitled, “No consensus on Winnebago County power play,” Democrat Dan Fellars
“wants the board to not only reconsider who the county administrator reports to but also the County Board chairman.
“He said under existing state law and county ordinances the County Board has more authority than its members realize.”
“We do not have an executive style of government.
“Our chairman is not a CEO.
“He is literally the 21st board member and operates under our pleasure and our pleasure only, which basically tells me we don’t need to change our ordinances … but that we need to leverage the authority that we have as board members.”
Another Democrat, Angie Goral,complained that the Republican County Board Chairman had taken on too many management duties.
The paper contacted McHenry County Administrator Peter Austin, who said,
“Our County Board chairman does not come in everyday, but I have day-to-day liaisons with the chairman.
“I probably work more closely with this chairman than in previous years.
“I also work with all the County Board members.”