I support Brian VanVickle for Ogle County sheriff because he will address the improper spending of Sheriff Harn.
Harn has ignored the repeated Freedom of Information Act requests for itemized receipts of numerous questionable transactions made with county credit cards. Questionable transactions like March 2, 2012, at Hennepin Marine, where Harn claimed to the newspaper that he purchased $326.29 in gasoline and oil to replenish what was used by a local fire department or citizen on a call.
Why would it be necessary to drive one hour, 23 minutes (66 miles) each way, to buy the gas and oil? Why is it that when you call Hennepin Marine, they say “we don’t sell gasoline”?
There was another purchase on June 19, 2011, at Ahlstrand Marine in Mundelein where $408.24 was spent. One hour and 58 minutes (86 miles) each way. These are businesses that sell boats and boating equipment. The sheriff’s department doesn’t have a boat.
Why are taxpayer dollars being spent so far away, and what is being bought? I’m not willing to take Harn’s word that the spending was all legit when he refuses to release receipts that would explain this.
Brian VanVickle will address this, and he has my vote.