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Board lacks leadership, management

Published: Saturday, March 15, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

I find it amusing that some Ogle County Board members, citizens, and sheriff have taken issue with the news media for reporting information that makes one question the lack of professional leadership and management at the board and sheriff’s office.

They haven’t said the information was wrong; they just don’t like us to know it. The least we should expect is accountability for every cent of tax money taken in and spent by the county board.

Apparently county board members don’t even know where all the revenue for the tow fund comes from or how it’s spent. Chairman Gouker stated he had talked to the county’s auditor and had found nothing wrong. Dixon’s auditors didn’t, either.

There’s a couple of unsolved murders that we’re told are still active cases, and a man died because of burns and did not see a doctor while in the Ogle County Jail.

There was a $50,000 payment to a contractor after the courthouse remodeling because the Ogle County Board couldn’t write a contract to protect taxpayers. Has anyone ever been held accountable for any of this?

The reason the sheriff could return $1.3 million to the county is because the county board put too much in his budget.

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