When a source told me that Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain had hired, fast friend, campaign compatriot, and Elgin City Councilman Corey Dixon to what amounts to a very well-paying part-time job, my first thought was, “Ron Hain couldn’t possibly be stupid enough to try to pull off that kind of blatant patronage stunt.”
But then I received this morning’s FOIA response which clearly proved that theory completely wrong.
Councilman Dixon, a former Department of Human Services caseworker, is the Kane County Sheriff’s Office newest “Senior Assistant Director of Administration,” a 35-hour a week job that pays 72 grand a year. And those County jobs come with a very generous benefits package, too!
To make matters even more interesting, somehow, only three other people managed to apply for a position that most of us would kill for, and from the look of their resumes, they were all more qualified than Dixon. C’mon! Caseworkers are great and necessary people, but it’s quite a leap from that gig to the Senior Assistant Director of Administration of a $26 million Sheriff’s office.
Considering how Dixon has repeatedly thrown Elgin Police Lieutenant Chris Jensen under the bus, it’s gonna be fascinating to see how local law enforcement reacts to this fascinating hire. Sheriff Hain certainly knows how to make friends and influence people, doesn’t he?
I’m also guessing the reason the job is part-time is so Dixon can continue to pursue his political career. It certainly helps to have friends in high places, doesn’t it?
I briefly spoke with Undersheriff Pat Gengler this morning, who correctly said he’d have to defer to the Sheriff on this one. So, since I simply can’t wait to hear his answer to all this, I’ll defer the full write-up until Monday (May 20).
Meanwhile, I’ve passed the story along to the Daily Herald and Shaw Media because this is exactly the kind of political BS that needs to be fully exposed. I’ve really gotta stop helping people get elected!