Local Government

Time conflicts lead to County Board leadership shift

WOODSTOCK – Time management issues prompted by new responsibilities are prompting a change of leadership on the McHenry County Board Human Resources Committee.

County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill, R-Woodstock, announced Tuesday that Chairwoman Mary McClellan, R-Holiday Hills, and Vice Chairwoman Sandra Fay Salgado, R-McHenry, have agreed to step down. McClellan is preparing to take over as County Clerk after winning the March primary, and Salgado has missed a number of meetings because of her new job as business manager for the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Hill intends to give the leadership slots to Carolyn Schofield, R-Crystal Lake, and Yvonne Barnes, R-Cary, with the full board's approval – the vote likely will take place at the board's July 1 meeting.

McClellan missed one committee meeting this year, but is winding down her time with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and is beginning to shadow longtime County Clerk Katherine Schultz, who she will replace in December – McClellan is running unopposed in the November election.

"[Hill] thought this would be best for my transition because of the time I'm going to be spending wrapping up my cases at the state's attorney's office and starting training as [County Clerk]," McClellan said Wednesday.

Salgado's job means much less flexibility than when she was human resources director for Pioneer Center for Human Services – she has missed all but one of the committee's monthly meetings between January and May, according to attendance records. Salgado, who also is balancing her new role as chairwoman of the McHenry County Republican Party, is not seeking re-election.

"I brought [the concerns] to both of them, and they said, in the best interests of the committee, we'll step aside," Hill said.

The Human Resources Committee, one of 11 standing committees on the County Board, handles issues such as collective bargaining, salary and benefits and other county employee issues. McClellan and Salgado still will be part of the seven-member committee, which typically meets monthly unless special circumstances arise.

Hill's proposed change is not expected to encounter serious resistance, unlike a previous situation which happened to include Salgado.

Hill last year proposed moving Salgado off of the Public Health and Human Services Committee, claiming that her then-employment at Pioneer Center, which works with the mentally disabled, created a conflict of interest. The effort came as the committee was overhauling the makeup of the McHenry County Mental Health Board after years of questions over its size and spending.

Hill dropped her attempt after it was clear that a sizable chunk of the County Board was not comfortable with the move.

Committee assignments and their leadership appointments will change early next year following the election.

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