To the Editor:
Your recent front-page article about McHenry County developing its first-ever code of conduct was heartening.
McHenry County has had more than its share of scandals by its elected and appointed officials. Now the county will have a mechanism to remove those appointees who violate the ethics code.
We have state Rep. Jack Franks to thank for this change in the law. Franks called on McHenry County to remove its Metra appointee, Jack Schaffer. Schaffer, while treasurer of Metra, admitted to not paying attention to his close friend Phil Pagano, who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars before he was caught and committed suicide.
Schaffer would not resign for his dereliction of duty, and the County Board had no mechanism to remove him. Franks worked in a bipartisan fashion with state Sens. Pam Althoff and Karen McConnaughay in order to allow McHenry County the opportunity to remove those appointees that don’t have the decency to resign. Franks also passed the law allowing for recall of public officials.
Hopefully, these laws won’t need to be used, but I’m glad they are in place.