Local Government

County taps Hartman as deputy administrator

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County government has tapped a familiar local face to take over as its second in command.

Scott Hartman will take over as deputy county administrator effective next month, leaving his current position as manager of the city of Highwood in Lake County. He until recently served on the McHenry County Ethics Commission, and had previously served as Marengo city administrator.

Hartman, of Crystal Lake, replaces John Labaj, who retired last month.

County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill, R-Woodstock, said Hartman quickly established himself as the lead candidate.

"We went through a very rigorous interview process with staff and the County Board, and he unanimously was recommended as having the skills that McHenry County is looking for," Hill said.

Hartman could not be reached for comment Thursday. He will make about $105,000 a year, Associate Administrator for Finance Ralph Sarbaugh said.

Hartman served as Marengo's administrator until 2008, when he was hired away by Pingree Grove in northern Lake County. He has served as city manager for Highwood, a small town of just under 5,400 people, since 2011.

Loading more

Digital Access

Digital Access
Access nwherald.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, weekend and Sunday packages.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Stay connected to us wherever you are! Get breaking news updates along with other area information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Plan your weekend and catch up on the news with our newsletters.