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McHenry City Council to discuss creation of ethics commission

Wayne Jett
Wayne Jett

The McHenry City Council will discuss the creation of an ethics commission at its Monday meeting.

The discussion was prompted by a Feb. 5 incident where Mayor Wayne Jett sent an email from his city account campaigning for 2nd Ward City Council candidate Jim Walsh. Jett said the email was sent from the account mistakenly, but the issue brought to light the city’s lack of an ethics commission.

In November 2003, Illinois legislators passed the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, which required all of the state’s local governments to adopt an ethics ordinance.

McHenry’s ethics ordinance requires the mayor to appoint an ethics adviser and a three-person ethics commission to review complaints. The adviser and commission never were established.

An option to use McHenry County’s existing ethics commission is on the table, and Jett said he has talked to other municipalities about joining in on an agreement.

“At least this way everyone would have the same protocol and process,” he said.

The county commission is composed of five members – Marianne Devenny, Andrew Celentano, Layne Holter, Lloyd Everard and John J.W. Guanci III, according to its website.

McHenry could agree to allow the county committee to investigate complaints against municipal officials through an intergovernmental agreement, Jett said.

The item is listed as a possible action item, which means the council either could decide to move forward with an IGA or appoint commission members at the meeting, according to the agenda.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Municipal Center,
333 S. Green St.

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