Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Special Meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners

Special Organizational Meeting of the County Board
The County Board held its annual organizational meeting at the Courthouse this morning.  Board Chair, Jim Johnson was absent.  Vice-Chair, Jan Hall, and Commissioners Hakes, Martinson and Sobanja were all present.  Also present were Janet Simonen, Braidy Powers, and Molly Hicken.

At this first meeting of the year, a new Board Chair and Vice-Chair are elected and appointments are made to various Boards and Commissions.  Janice Hall was elected unanimously as the 2012 Board Chair; Bruce Martinson was elected unanimously as the 2012 Board Vice Chair.

In other business...
a)  the Cook County News Herald was designated as the official newspaper for 2012
b)  the Cook County web page was designated as an official publication of the County
c)  travel allowance rates were established at the same rate as 2011

Boards, Commissions, and Temporary Committees
There are several citizen openings on various Boards and Commissions.  These openings have been posted and interested citizens are encouraged to consider applying for these positions.  It's rewarding to get involved!

Generally speaking, most County Board appointments to Boards and Commissions have remained the same as last year.  However, some changes are being made.  A final list of assignments will be compiled and I'll post it on my blog when it becomes available.

Commissioner Department Liaison Assignments
As a temporary measure in Jim Johnson's absence, Sue Hakes volunteered and has been appointed the County Board liaison to the County Attorney's Office and Court Administration.  Fritz Sobanja has been temporarily appointed as liaison to the Assessor's Office.  Hakes and newly elected Board Chair Jan Hall have been designated to work with Law Enforcement, the State, and Department Heads on the issue of Courthouse Safety and Security.