Digital Access

Digital Access
Access saukvalley.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, Daily including the e-Edition or e-Edition only.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more. Text alerts are a free service from SaukValley.com, but text rates may apply.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Sign up for free e-newsletters today.
Local

Sheriff's tow fund receipts not yet getting to treasurer

Board chairman says sheriff ‘working on it’

OREGON – Expenditures from the Sheriff’s Department’s administrative tow fund are not yet going through the treasurer’s office, something the Ogle County Board now requires.

Treasurer John Coffman told the board last week that he had so far received no records from Sheriff Michael Harn.

“The sheriff is working on it,” board Chairman Kim Gouker said. “He’s been busy. His father-in-law has been in the hospital.”

In 2011, the board gave Harn wide discretion over how to spend the newly created administrative tow fund. He spent it on things such as flowers for Secretaries Day, a tent at the county fair, and $4,000 for management of the Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page.

The board in February limited the fund’s expenditures to purchases of police cars, their maintenance and equipment, and fuel. Tow fund expenditures are now required to go through the county treasurer’s office. Before, the off-budget fund had no checks and balances.

Harn did not attend last week’s meeting, which was held the day after he lost the Republican Party primary election for sheriff to Brian VanVickle, of Rochelle.

Loading more