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Algonquin Township highway commissioner demands predecessor pay back department

Highway commissioner requests thousands in returns from department’s ex-boss, his wife

Andrew Gasser wants payback.

In a nine-page letter sent May 8 to his predecessor, the Algonquin Township highway commissioner is demanding that Bob and Anna May Miller return thousands of dollars and equipment Gasser has alleged was misspent or missing.

The subject line of the correspondence reads “Demand for return of Algonquin Township Road District Property.”

“Mr. & Mrs. Miller,” the letter starts. “Demand is hereby made upon both of you to immediately return to the Algonquin Township Road District all of the following items of property that were paid for by the Algonquin Township Road District.”

The letter lists dozens of alleged expenditures and requests for the Millers to pay back or return, including two truckloads of salt, money spent on meals at a Hooters restaurant in Wisconsin, men’s and women’s clothing, more than $47,000 in sick time, $39 spent on tequila, $188 for admission to Disneyland, gift cards, hand tools, iPads, a camera, license plates and more.

“The township highway code says I may make a demand of all papers and property upon assuming office, and I did,” Gasser told the Northwest Herald. “I just want to follow the law and demand the proper effects, papers and inventory to get the property of the highway department back.”

The letter offers specific dates and details tied to purchases Gasser contends happened during Bob Miller’s more than a quarter century as highway commissioner of McHenry County’s most populous township. Miller lost to Gasser in an upset election in February 2017.

Gasser would not go into detail about the information-gathering process that led to the list outlined in his letter.

The first-term highway commissioner pointed to an anonymous package sent to him during his first month in office that Gasser characterizes as proof of financial misconduct inside Bob Miller’s highway department.

Bob Miller, the subject of a McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office corruption probe, has not been charged with a crime.

“I don’t really want to comment on who put the list together or how it was found,” Gasser said.

Miller declined to comment.

“You will not have this problem with Andrew Gasser when I leave office,” Gasser said.

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