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Ogle sheriff's second job not quite full time

Harn’s term as sheriff runs through November

Michael Harn
Michael Harn

In his first 5 weeks as maintenance coordinator for the Forrestville Valley School District, Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn didn’t quite work full time.

Harn, whose term as sheriff runs through November, was hired by the school district in May to start work on June 2.

Jane Eichman, who was superintendent at the time of Harn’s hire, told Sauk Valley Media in May that he was hired with the expectation of working 40 hours a week. Harn later told the Ogle County Life newspaper that he would work part time until his term as sheriff ended.

Records show that Harn has averaged 34.75 hours a week for his first 5 weeks. He worked 46, 31.75, 32.5, 31.5 and 32 hours in those weeks, respectively, according to signed timesheets obtained by Sauk Valley Media through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Harn did not respond to a request for comment.

Eichman told Sauk Valley Media that while she wasn’t present during interviews for the maintenance job, Harn told the district he could handle both jobs. The board approved a full-time position, she said.

Current Superintendent Sheri Smith, who started after Harn’s hire, confirmed that Harn had been working less than 40 hours a week, but she didn’t respond to questions about why the expectation changed and whether it would be that expectation until December.

Harn was elected Ogle County sheriff in 2010. He lost a primary election to Rochelle police officer Brian VanVickle in March.

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