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Committee opts not to reinstate Mental Health Board president

WOODSTOCK – The president of the embattled McHenry County Mental Health Board could lose his board seat under a plan hashed out by a McHenry County Board committee.

After two days of candidate interviews, the Public Health and Human Services Committee on Friday chose three newcomers, and did not choose President Lee Ellis, to fill three four-year terms on the Mental Health Board.

The full County Board will vote on the recomendations at its Tuesday meeting.

The committee was deadlocked, 3-3, on whether to fill the one-year unexpired seat with the other incumbent or the County Board's former liaison to the Mental Health Board. So that decision will be made when the tiebreaking seventh member, John Hammerand, comes back from his annual winter vacation.

The Mental Health Board in recent years has been beset by critics who argue that the entity, created to disburse property taxes to fund agencies dealing with mental disabilities, has become an overgrown bureaucracy that spends too much on administration and overhead.

Keep visiting NWHerald.com for updates and read more about it in Saturday's paper.

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