WOODSTOCK – A newly created deputy chief position at the McHenry County Courthouse was a long time coming, officials there say.
It wasn’t possible until a vacant civil process server position allowed funds to be moved to courthouse security.
“We’ve tried year after year to get this position,” Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said as John Sosnowski was sworn into the post earlier this week.
The former Prairie Grove police chief, Sosnowski had been working as a courthouse security officer since 2008. His most recent post was in Judge Maureen McIntyre’s courtroom.
Sosnowski will earn $46,900 as deputy chief. He will assist in overseeing day-to-day operations of 36 full- and part-time officers. He will lead the department in the chief’s absence.
In 2012, 538,829 people were screened coming into the courthouse and 6,650 prohibited items were confiscated, according to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.