Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser posted a video to Facebook explaining why there should be a policy prohibiting nepotism inside Algonquin Township.
Several county officials are disputing the accuracy of his statements.
In a video that spans about two and a half minutes and had almost 4,000 views as of Monday afternoon, the first-term road commissioner highlights “almost $400,000” in salary and benefits paid to the family members of his predecessor, Bob Miller, and the fact that his wife and secretary, Anna May Miller, served on the McHenry County Board.
“But it gets even better, because she’s the chairman of transportation,” Gasser said. “So think about this: Every federal dollar, every state dollar and every county dollar that goes through the County Board for transportation projects flows through Algonquin Township Highway Department.”
The Northwest Herald reached out to members of McHenry County’s Transportation Committee – a board tasked with identifying project priorities and funding opportunities – and asked if all funding flows, or flowed, through the highway department of the county’s most populous township.
“It’s simply not true,” County Board member and Transportation Chairman Joe Gottemoller said. “I wish I had all the money that flowed through. I don’t make a single decision on my own.”
Any dollar that comes into the county goes through a committee structure and the full board, McHenry County Board member Michael Skala said.
“I get where’s he’s trying to come from and spin it in a certain way,” Skala said. “But that’s not reality.”
“That’s a pretty broad statement on his part,” McHenry County Board member Don Kopsell said. “I’d like to see the proof of that.”
McHenry County Board member Jim Kearns said Gasser is “trying to stir up trouble.”
“The whole thing doesn’t make sense,” Kearns said. “The whole thing is a weak argument. Nepotism is wrong, but his argument on Anna May Miller has nothing to do with it.”
The Northwest Herald also reached out to Gasser to clarify what he meant by his statement about how funding is tied to the Algonquin Township Highway Department.
Despite repeated calls, Gasser has not called back.