Wednesday, 23 July 2014 17:27
County boards will now have the ability to remove appointed officials who violate the public trust.
Senate Bill 3552, signed by the governor earlier this week, enables the county boards of the collar counties to remove appointed officials with a two-thirds majority vote. To initiate the process, the county board or county executive must find the appointed official violated the county’s code of conduct, and the county board must hold a hearing.
“Everyone who serves the public should be held to the highest ethical standards,” said State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield), who introduced the legislation in cooperation with the Lake County Board. “It shouldn’t matter if you are elected, appointed or hired. If you violate the public trust, there should be a way to remove you from your position.”