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Process starts to find replacement for former McHenry County Board member Andrew Gasser

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board declared former member Andrew Gasser’s seat vacant, officially starting the process to select a replacement.

Board members voted to approve the declaration Tuesday, a month after Gasser, of Fox River Grove, stepped down to assume the office of Algonquin Township highway commissioner, which he won in the April election.

Interested Republicans living in County Board District 1, which Gasser has represented since 2014, have until June 12 to submit a resume and cover letter to board Chairman Jack Franks.

Franks, D-Marengo, called Gasser a “strong, independent voice who served his constituents with distinction.” He said he is looking for someone who, like Gasser, is dedicated to driving down the county government’s tax levy.

One of Gasser’s last acts as a board member was partnering with Franks to craft the recently passed resolution to cut the levy by at least 10 percent for next year.

“With residents of McHenry County paying higher property taxes than 99.99 percent of other Americans, and the board working hard to reduce the county’s 2018 property tax levy by at least 10 percent, we need a leader to step into Mr. Gasser’s shoes, hit the ground running and help make this a reality,” Franks said.

Under County Board rules, the chairman submits a candidate for the full board to approve. But unlike vacancies under past chairmen, who were Republicans like most or all of the board, this is the first under a Democratic chairman who was popularly elected by the voters.

Board member Craig Wilcox, R-McHenry, challenged both Franks and the Republican Party that holds all but one seat on the board, not counting the chairman, to “quickly and amicably” find a replacement candidate who can be approved at the June 20 voting meeting. State law gives the chairman 60 days to fill a vacancy with the board’s advice and consent.

“I have faith that both the chairman and the party will work hard to find that candidate who can garner full board support and is ready to join the board and hit the ground running, because we have lots of big issues in front of us,” Wilcox said during member comments.

Candidates must be Republican, live in District 1 and be registered to vote. A resume and a cover letter detailing interest in the office should be sent to Franks’ office by June 12. Submissions can be emailed to JDFranks@co.mchenry.il.us or by regular mail to Jack D. Franks, McHenry County Board chairman, 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL 60098.

District 1 covers eastern and southern Algonquin Township and southeastern Grafton Township, and includes all or parts of Cary, Fox River Grove, Trout Valley, Algonquin, Barrington Hills, Lake in the Hills and Huntley. Interested parties can determine their residency by calling the McHenry County Clerk’s Office at 815-334-4242.

Gasser’s term expires next year.

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