Ridiculous referendum

To the Editor:

On Nov. 6, McHenry County voters will be asked through a referendum question whether they would like to change the county’s system of government to a county executive form of government. I have researched the state statutes and will be voting “no” to this referendum.

A change to a county executive creates a super-powerful figurehead with unilateral authority that far exceeds what is in place today in McHenry County, and far exceeds what is a reasonable level of power for one person to wield.

A county executive would be able to hire/fire employees at will, prepare budgets, veto county board legislation, and appoint whomever he/she wants to county positions of authority. It would be cronyism run amok and has no place in McHenry County. Please join me in voting against this ridiculous referendum.

Blake Hobson