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County seeking nominees for commissions

Published: Monday, July 21, 2014 4:08 p.m. CST

The McHenry County Board is seeking people interested in appointment to several of its boards and commissions.

Terms are expiring for the county land hearing officer and six seats on the Senior Services Grant Commission, and a vacancy has opened on the Ethics Commission.

The county's hearing officer conducts public hearings and makes recommendations for requested variances to zoning regulations. Candidates must know state statute and county ordinance governing zoning and land use, and be able to hold hearings at least twice a month.

The hearing officer is appointed to two-year terms by the County Board. Applications for the next term which begins Nov. 1 are due no later than 2 p.m. Aug. 14.

Members of the Senior Services Grant Commission are tasked with distributing funds from a dedicated property tax levy to agencies working with senior citizens. Of the six vacancies, two must be filled by representatives from not-for-profit agencies, two must be citizens at large and one each must be a member of the McHenry County Highway Association and the McHenry County Council of Governments.

All six terms expire on Oct. 1, 2016. and the deadline to apply is 2 p.m. Aug. 15.

One vacancy has opened up on the Ethics Commission with the hiring of former member Scott Hartman as the deputy county administrator. The commission is tasked with hearing accusations of whether county officials violated its ethics ordinance or gift ban rules.

The vacant term expires Feb. 1, 2016, and applicants have until 2 p.m. Aug. 22 to apply.

Application forms are available at the County Board offices, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock, or on the county website at www.co.mchenry.il.us. Mailed applications should be sent to the McHenry County Board, 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL 60098.

The hearing officer is compensated, but the ethics and senior services seats are unpaid.

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