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Ogle board: Can’t keep sheriff from second job

Harn now also works for local school district

OREGON – If Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn wants to work two full-time jobs, that’s up to him, not the county board, Chairman Kim Gouker said this week.

Harn, who lost the Republican Party primary to Brian VanVickle in March, will continue to serve his term until Nov. 30. He also is working full-time for the Forrestville Valley School District as maintenance coordinator, a job he started June 2.

Gouker, of Byron, said he’s been asked whether the board could do anything about Harn having a second job. He said he reviewed the situation with Ogle County State’s Attorney Mike Rock.

“The situation is this – as an elected official, he has a term until Nov. 30. The only one he reports to is the voters, and they spoke,” Gouker told the board during its meeting Tuesday.

“Harn assured us he will do the job. We have no authority. We as a board cannot change what has been appropriated for his department. We will monitor and make the best of it.”

Gouker praised the work being done by employees of the sheriff’s department.

“There are good people in the department,” he said. “Bad people are being arrested. The county is being taken care of. We will work with the sheriff.”

Jane Eichman was interim superintendent when Harn was hired. She told Sauk Valley Media last month, and later confirmed, that Harn would be expected to work 40 hours a week at the school. He will be paid $17 an hour.

Harn did not respond to requests for comments on his job at the school.

Harn was elected Ogle County sheriff in 2010. 

Eichman said she was assured by Harn that it wouldn’t be a problem to balance his time between being sheriff and the maintenance coordinator. Harn also is village president of Forreston.

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