McHenry Co. (ECWd) -
A letter used to support a substantial departing payment to outgoing Highway Commissioner Robert Miller was dated February of 1997 and presented at the April 12th, 2017 meeting. (See the previous article on 1997 document here)
Dates are significant.
When documents conflict it is only proper to raise the flag and demand answers. In the case of Algonquin Township and the former Highway Commissioner's claim of being owed for 263 sick days, a more recent document says otherwise!
What was reported to the Auditors of the Township as it relates to these accumulated unpaid absences?
According to Bookkeeper Judy Kreklow, the accumulated unpaid absences for the Road District Office was ZERO as of March 31, 2017. So how is it that the bookkeeper creates a letter to the auditors informing them there are no liabilities regarding pay for the Road District as of March 31st, 2017 and then just 12 days later, Miller walks out with a check for accumulated sick days for $47,381.84, all based on a document dated from 20 years prior, of which there are two versions of them?
The reason this is significant is that this is a bookkeeper that is doing the books during the past administration, which minimizes claims of this being political. The document we have obtained through an FOIA request is from the Algonquin Township and upon receipt, we confirmed the metadata regarding its creation and it reflects it was last modified May 4th, 2017, the same date on the letter. Metadata points to a Judy Kreklow as the name of the person who made the last modification, however, we have no way of knowing if she actually created this document or someone using her computer.
We suggest law enforcement investigate what appears to be a fraud on the Township regarding claims of accumulated sick pay. It is clear, the bookkeeper, prior to the change in personnel, informs the auditor there are no liabilities as it relates to accumulated unpaid absences for the Road District. The Bookkeeper's letter appears to be in direct conflict with Miller's claim he is owed for 263 sick days worth $47,381.84.