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Algonquin Township board to discuss resolutions banning patronage, nepotism

Trustee raises concerns, berates supervisor’s office

Trustee Rachael Lawrence has raised concerns about a number of resolutions to be considered during Wednesday's Algonquin Township board meeting.
Trustee Rachael Lawrence has raised concerns about a number of resolutions to be considered during Wednesday's Algonquin Township board meeting.

Algonquin Township officials will meet Wednesday to discuss new resolutions that have one trustee concerned.

An administrative assistant in Supervisor Charles Lutzow’s office sent township trustees a meeting packet Monday including an agenda for the board’s 7 p.m. meeting at 3702 Route 14 and three resolutions.

Two of those resolutions aim to prohibit patronage and nepotism, and they almost are identical, except one includes an extra clause: “... the highway commissioner, Andrew Gasser, has requested to join in this resolution, and this resolution will be binding upon the Algonquin Township Road District.” 

In about 500 words of a reply email to the supervisor’s office, Trustee Rachael Lawrence raised concerns about the sentence.

“I spoke with Commissioner Gasser, and that is a blatant lie,” she wrote. “Even IF Commissioner Gasser had requested to join THIS resolution (he didn’t), the Algonquin Township Board does not have the legal authority to pass a resolution which binds another government entity.”

Gasser could not be reached for comment.

The resolution, Lawrence wrote, is “as comically ludicrous as attempting to pass a resolution binding the village of Cary” and “simply illegal.”

Lawrence also took issue with how the resolution aims to “allow family members and/or political associates who may be ‘owed a favor’ to be hired as long as they possess the qualifications for the job,” Lawrence wrote. “NEPOTISM AND PATRONAGE AMONG QUALIFIED CANDIDATES IS STILL NEPOTISM AND PATRONAGE.”

Another concern centered on a resolution that aims to give authority to the township supervisor to hire his own employees without board approval.

The board does not have the authority to “relinquish its duty to hire and fix the compensation of township employees (with the strict exception of General Assistance employees),” Lawrence wrote.

Anyone other than the board hiring an employee violates township code, she said.

Lutzow disagreed with Lawrence’s reading of township code.

“As township supervisor, I have the authority to hire my staff,” he said.

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