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County Board OKs changes

Committee leaders replaced; Mental Health Board now full

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board replaced the leaders of its Human Resources Committee and filled two vacancies on the Mental Health Board.

Board members supported Chairwoman Tina Hill’s proposal to appoint Carolyn Schofield and Yvonne Barnes as chairwoman and vice chairwoman of human resources, which handles issues such as collective bargaining, salary and benefits and other county employee issues.

They replaced Mary McClellan and Sandra Fay Salgado, who Hill said agreed to step down because of time conflicts. McClellan, R-Holiday Hills, is preparing to take over as county clerk at the end of the year after winning the March primary, while also wrapping up her cases at her job with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Salgado, R-McHenry, has taken a new job as business manager for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, on top of her recent election as chairwoman of the McHenry County Republican Party. She is not seeking re-election to the County Board.

McClellan and Salgado will continue to serve on the seven-member committee. Schofield, R-Crystal Lake, and Barnes, R-Cary, will serve until at least early next year, when the chairmanships of the County Board’s 11 standing committees will be up for grabs following the November election.

County Board members also voted to appoint Kathleen Kuchta and Raymond Lapinas to fill two vacancies on the Mental Health Board. They replace former members Carrie Smith and Heather Murgatroyd, who stepped down over job conflicts – in Smith’s case, her job is taking her to Jerusalem.

The primary goal of the nine-member board is to distribute money from a special county property tax levy to entities that work with the mentally and developmentally disabled. It is not part of the County Board, but the County Board appoints its members and has the final say on its annual budget.

The Mental Health Board has faced significant budgetary challenges in recent years with the drop in property tax revenue. Critics allege the board’s fiscal problems have been exacerbated by overreach in its mission, staff and administrative bloat, and questionable spending decisions. The board since early 2013 has undergone an almost complete turnover and has embarked upon budget and spending reforms.

Both votes Tuesday were 18-0, with no opposition.

How they voted

In two separate 18-0 votes Tuesday, the McHenry County Board approved new leadership for its Human Resources Committee and filled two vacancies on the McHenry County Mental Health Board.

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