Former Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Miller reportedly working for Nunda Township
Former Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Bob Miller is reportedly working for Nunda Township.
Miller, who has been accused of unethical behavior, has been hired by Nunda Township Road Commissioner Mike Lesperance, according to the McHenry County Blog.
The post includes employee forms and pay stubs showing Miller is an employee of the township, making $40 an hour as a consultant.
Comments on the McHenry County Blog post, which is published by retired Republican state Rep. Cal Skinner, reveals contempt by commenters.
“Why in the world would Mike want to get involved with Bob Miller?” one commenter wrote, adding, “There are more than one person that is out there that can be a consultant. Arrogance that ran with the Millers are starting to pop up with Lesperance!”
Other commenters were supportive of the apparent hiring of Miller.
“I think that you will find that Bob and Mike are hard at work fixing issues in Nunda,” another commenter wrote. “I’m told they picked up a lot of useful information on drainage at the seminar they just returned from in Wyoming.”
Miller was the Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner for 24 years before he was defeated last fall by Andrew Gasser. Miller's tenure ended with purchases that raised questions, including tickets to Disneyland, as well as a $47,000 payout for sick pay. Miller was reported to have kept several family members on the public payroll and spent the majority of his campaign funds on food and liquor, the McHenry Times previously reported.
According to the Edgar County Watchdogs, Miller may have registered his personal vehicles on the township’s I-Pass account and then allegedly attempted to remove the vehicles before it was noticed.
“While Miller was leading the commission, there were eight vehicles on the I-Pass system that appear to have been private vehicles, including four vehicles under one license plate, according to the group,” The McHenry Times reported. “In addition, Miller appears to have accessed the account after leaving office, having four private vehicles moved from the account to a new one, the group notes. The group concludes the vehicles are likely Millers.”
Additionally, Edgar County Watchdogs is raising questions about the sale of machinery previously owned by Algonquin Township and whether the sale broke the law. According to the Edgar County Watchdogs' Kirk Allen, Miller made a sale earlier this year of a 2012 Elgin Crosswind sweeper to the village of Island Lake for $70,000.
“State law says elector approval is needed when it comes to selling of equipment or machinery by a road district,” Allen's Nov. 27 post said, adding the machinery sold is valued at $246,000 new. "Also, the machinery was not declared as surplus, a status that would have allowed for it to be sold the way it was."
“All indications appear to point to the Road District selling equipment in direct violation of the law,” Allen wrote.