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County Board chairwoman cancels vote on replacing committee member

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill will not pursue a vote tonight to replace a member of the Public Health and Human Services Committee.

Hill, R-Woodstock, confirmed that she will remove from the agenda a request to remove Sandra Fay Salgado, R-McHenry, from the committee and replace her with Robert Martens Sr., Spring Grove.

The committee in recent months has made headlines as it has worked to put new faces on the McHenry County Mental Health Board, which has faced growing questions over its management and spending.

Hill has raised a few eyebrows by wanting to replace Salgado, and by circumventing the committee by advancing her own candidate to fill a vacancy on the nine-member Mental Health Board.

A vote on Hill's nominee, mental health worker and Crystal Lake City Council member Cathy Ferguson, will proceed tonight as planned.

"No one was feeling particularly comfortable with the switch of Sandy Salgado and Bob Martens right now. Timing is everything, and the perception was that this was tied to [the] Cathy Ferguson [appointment], and that couldn't be further from the truth," Hill said.

Hill has alleged that Salgado, who has been on the committee since her 2000 election, has a conflict of interest because she is human resources manager for an agency that receives Mental Health Board funding. However, Martens had been the CEO of another mental health agency that had been closely aligned with the Mental Health Board and collapsed despite receiving more than $1.8 million from the board in a failed effort to save it.

Hill said she plans to reconvene the Committee on Committees that sets committee assignments after each election to discuss what to do on Salgado's status.

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