When you elected me to be your Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner I promised you I wouldn’t take the healthcare plan or pension plan. I promised I would improve transparency. We have now put our bills online which you can view here. Never in a billion years did I think we would find an eighth of the stuff that we did – but we have – and you cannot make this stuff up.
Nepotism Pays in the Algonquin Township Highway Department
Payroll reports show that Anna May Miller, wife and employee of former Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Robert J. Miller, was paid $94,638.76 for 1,374.64 hours of overtime and other pay between 2012-2017. The data was pulled from the township payroll software that was left when we took office on May 15th, 2017 and which you can view in PDF format. Specifically:
Documents show that the wife of the highway commissioner was paid for 1,374.64 hours of overtime as an administrative assistant. How is it that an administrative assistant can accrue more overtime then the guys in the garage plowing snow? This simply is in-congruent with how a highway department works. Anna May Miller somehow worked 649.11 more hours than Doug Helman over five years? Really?
Anyone who has followed the Algonquin Township Highway Department knows Doug Helman is not a good guy – he is a great guy. The guys around the shop still answer questions with the phrase, “what would Doug do?”
Another way to look at this is to break it down by week. Every week that Anna May Miller was employed at the Algonquin Township Highway Department she was paid 5.27 hours of overtime on average. The next closest employee was at 2.79 hours of overtime per week and the average overtime per week paid was 2.28 hours. I am not questioning any of the overtime accrued by the guys but I do question how an administrative assistant can accrue more hours than a guy who plows snow 17 hours straight on the Saturday after Thanksgiving or responds to an accident at 2:30 in the morning.
Other pay earned is sick pay, vacation pay, clothing allowance, and miscellaneous pay. While it is not uncommon in the private sector for junior employees to leapfrog senior employees it is rare in the public sector, especially public works. It is not impossible but it is improbable.
Got Nepotism? There is absolutely no ethical explanation to how an administrative assistant hired in 1998 can out earn a guy working in the garage since 1978. That is right, 1978. The wife of the highway commissioner earned more straight overtime pay than anyone else at the highway department by $25,319.92.
Total overtime and “other pay” for Anna May Miller as compared to the guys in the garage. The data speaks for itself.
The friends and family plan at the Algonquin Township Highway Department is over.
Nepotism paid handsomely for the political elite but when you elected me we ended it… together. Not only did we end it but we are showing Illinois just how screwed up the Illinois Township Code is. How can we allow highway commissioners to get away with things like this?
The standing joke about highway commissioners is the following: “What is the difference between God and a Highway Commissioner? One of them gets a truck.”
It is no wonder why so many people are turned off with local politics. Look at all the people who endorsed this kind of behavior and made excuses for it. No one can say they didn’t know about the nepotism in Algonquin Township. We all did. We all knew about it and were afraid to publicly talk about it. So many politicians and community leaders tolerated it, accepted it, and then utilized it to justify their own personal and political ends.
One More Thing
The Northwest Herald continues to refuse to report the real news. The Algonquin Township Highway Department cut taxes by five (5) percent and has only spent 48.2 percent of its budget through eight (8) months. This only re-affirms to the majority of America, and our community, that our media is corrupt. There has been a very calculated decision to demonize the transparency effort at the Algonquin Township Highway Department. Why doesn’t the Northwest Herald put just as much energy into investigating the past 24 years of unethical behavior as they have in criticizing the township in the last six months?
The only reason the Northwest Herald has even begun to report this story is because of websites like McHenry County Blog and the Edgar County Watchdogs. This is called “forced media”. The paper would rather run softball editorials instead of addressing real problems that need correcting. Shameful.
It is ok. We press on and continue to expose it all because “the media” will not.
More is coming.