Letter: Franks brings leadership

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Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 10:07 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Reading the headline about newly elected County Board Chairman Jack Franks and his team finding more than $134,000 that was owed to the county and had been sitting in the state’s coffers for years, I knew we had some good news for taxpayers. After reading the article, I want to add that having thoughtful, dedicated and creative people working for us is just as important.

In less than two months on the job, Oliver and Bridget, Franks’ team, found savings equivalent to almost two years of their combined salaries. We owe them a debt of gratitude for being dedicated public servants, and we should give Jack credit for bringing more people to the McHenry County government for whom challenging the status quo is just part of a day’s work.

Jack and his team clearly have jumped into their positions with both feet, with the belief we can always do better. This is the same approach that made Jack such a successful state representative, and we also can see it in his successful push to streamline the board’s standing committee structure and his continuing work to get the board voting electronically, which will make our county government accessible to residents with disabilities, as well as protecting the county’s access to federal money, and shielding us from potentially huge liability lawsuits.

McHenry County needed new leadership and new ideas, and we elected the right guy who, along with his team, works very hard for us.

Kathy Surges

Crystal Lake