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Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser issues public apology

Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser sits in his office April 27.
Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser sits in his office April 27.

Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser has issued a public apology.

Near the end of a nearly 7-minute video recorded on Aug. 22 and posted to the road district’s Facebook page, Gasser, walking along a freshly-paved road in the Venetian Gardens subdivision, had this to say:

“I am sorry for my personality and my attitude to some people,” Gasser said around the 2:15 mark in the video. “I know I grate you the wrong way. I know that I do things sometimes that just gets under your skin… I apologize. I’ve been that way since birth. I blame my genes. I’m not going to say my mom or my dad.”

Gasser – who generated headlines last week in Chicago and our nation’s capital after using a government-owned signed to assail the Northwest Herald as “FAKE NEWS” – does not name anyone during his apology.

“That’s just how I’ve always been, and when I see something wrong, I’m going say something about it, and I’m not going to quit talking about it or be bullied to be quiet about it,” Gasser said. “I will continue to go at it and go at it and go at it until I fix a problem.”

The road commissioner goes on to describe his reputation in the military.

“If you talked to anybody I ever served with in the military, they will tell you that I did a good job,” he said. “Sometimes I did a great job, but always at least a good job, and I never took the crap, and I’m not going to take the crap.”

Gasser – who took office in May 2017 after unseating his predecessor in an upset election – implies he has given himself a date of discharge, known as “DOD” in the military.

“With some of the silliness that’s going around, if I anger you or trigger you, I apologize,” Gasser said. “I’m just going to say that, because we’ve got two years, 318 days left together, and that’s a little bit of time.”

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