2012 Election Profile: Mike Dabney

Independent Mike Dabney is running for Kendall County Coroner.

Address:  202 Clubhouse Lane, Oswego, IL  60543
Campaign contact information:  Cell Phone: (630)220-4690; E-Mail: mike4coroner@aol.com
Age: 52
Family: Married 29 years to wife Kathy.  We have two children – Emily and Scott.
Education:  High School Graduate (West Aurora High School), Graduate Waubonsee Community College (Degree – Criminal Justice)
Previous elected or appointed positions:  Appointed as a trustee of IAFF Local #4773 Oswego Firefighters  2010-2012.

Candidate Questions

1) Why do you want to be coroner?

After signing on to be a Kendall County deputy coroner, the realization came to me that my life’s experiences could serve not just my local friends, and relatives, but my fellow citizens of Kendall County. After my combined 33 years of service in the Kendall County Coroner’s Office, the Oswego Fire Department, and the Aurora Police Department, these eyes have seen the toughest sights that a person could have ever imagined.  Should my election be successful, my goals will be set to creating a total caring atmosphere in the Kendall County Coroner’s Office, not only for the grieving families, but also for the struggling taxpayers of Kendall County.  My chosen life’s path has been towards the betterment of my community.

2) What experience do you have interacting with grieving families?  What would your approach be to working with families who have lost a loved one?

As a patrol officer, detective, crime scene investigator, firefighter/paramedic, and deputy coroner I have dealt with the deceased and their families on numerous occasions.  The approach when interacting with a grieving family member is of compassion and sympathy.  One needs to know and understand that there are steps to the grieving process for a person(s) that have lost a family member, companion, or even a close friend.  The family and friends who are grieving need to understand that they will have some or all of these feelings.  It is important to listen to the family and friends and be able to guide them if they need assistance.  I would always make sure that they have family, friends, or a clergy member that is available to be with them.  I have personally experienced the loss of family members and close  friends and understand the importance of providing support.

3) How would you characterize the current management style in the coroner’s office? What changes, if any, do you think should be made in the next four years?

I believe there is a documented lack of management controls (as noted by county auditors), and an unusual sense of self-worth (as noted by the newspapers), that has created a sense of entitlement, not service, in the Kendall County Coroner’s Office.  As a former deputy coroner, my witnessing of the current coroner relying on his deputies to do almost all of the tasks in the office was mind boggling.  There is an atmosphere of entitlement and questionable spending in the current coroner’s office.  Changes in the next four years should be to reduce the budget by 20% or more and provide the public with the necessary services without thinking of entitlements and what’s good for the individual in charge. The person in charge should be frugal in spending and faithful to the community. 

By eliminating the full time deputy position, having two part time deputies (not 6) to cover the weekends, and having a part time administrative assistant for ten hours during the week, the coroner’s budget can easily be reduced by 20% or more.  Simply stated, I’ll show up to work, and process the lion’s share of the paperwork, no matter how important, or mundane. Of course my availability for calls, outside the office, will be greatly expanded upon, as compared to the incumbent coroner.  Running for office just to get a paycheck, fringe benefits, and a title is not my way of conducting business.  You will not ever read about my getting in the newspapers for complaining about how supposedly little the position pays, as the incumbent has done recently. The incumbent says it’s his last term if re-elected. What is his motivation to clean up his act?

Other changes included in the next four years would be to continually monitor the budget and reduce costs wherever possible. The county credit card would be eliminated from the coroner’s office.  I would expand on the current public education program to include CPR classes and child safety seat installation.     I would also take the time to listen to the community through a forum to understand their needs and make the necessary adjustments satisfying the requirements of the community.

Understanding this is a public position, it’s the community who should provide the requirements of the job and expect that those requirements are fulfilled and carried out by the person elected, without any issue or concern about how the budget of this job is carried out on a day-to-day basis.  Knowing all this and how the community feels with budgeting issues, I am the person who can listen, act, and be responsible for the job!

Oswegosmarts October 14, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I find it amazing that all these write ups are occuring after Dabney announced that he was running against Toftoy. I also noticed that Dabney is not an officer and is it not the officers duty to run his crew. So I guess the officers and his partner also got written up for these instances. As a lifelong resident of Oswgo everyone knows that Toftoy is Detzlers boy, and guess who controls the Fire Dept. (Detzler.) I think the fire dept should be embarrassed that they are letting the good old boys use them to tarnish Dabney when in fact it also tarnishs the Dept. and their leadership. My point is the OFPD looks pretty stupid along with Dabney, and other members of the OFPD. Like I said he has all these write ups in such a short period seems pretty fishy. Just more childish games by a certain group of individuals that have no care for the taxpayers.
Oswegosmarts October 14, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Walt, I was concerned also but I talked to a friend of mine who is a medic in chicago and he stated that drug doesages are given by weight not age. MG/KG.Miligram per Killigram type system. He told me that not all kids in any age group are the same size. So they go by weight not age. So this seems strange. Would a 10 year old weighing 100 lbs get the same dose as a 160 lb 10 year old. That was the example he gave me, and it makes sense to me.
Tim October 14, 2012 at 02:08 AM
I guess the bank decided to foreclose his home for not paying his mortgage, before he announced that he was running, just to 'make him look bad'. Not being able to handle a budget is something the taxpayers care quite a bit about.
Tim October 14, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Your favorite 'fast food' is a meal that you have to age for a few days before eating, after you shoot it? And you listen to a radio program from the guy who used to be the head of the NRA. What exactly does that have to do with this election?
Amy Miller Jackson October 14, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I cant wait till this election is over. There is nothing worse than watching people who failed to get elected try to get back at those who did not accept them. It bothers me when people switch parties because they cant win primaries. It bothers me when people at the last second get to be on the ballot because nobody else ran as an independant. Todd how many elections have you lost and how many different parties did you run under? Steve how many elections have you lost? You guys cant even get elected to head of the neighborhood watch. So because you werent accepted to the circle you wanted to be in you became extremely resentful and bitter. Hell hath no fury type of actions. I take nothing you guys seriously because I feel you are not doing all this out of "for the good of the taxpayers" Your doing this out of revenge. Even the good points you make are drowned out because the way you go about things. You act more like stalker ex girlfriends than you do political watchdogs. Even if Dabney was qualified which he is not, you guys really screwed the pooch on his election.
Stephen Youhanaie October 14, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Hi Amy, Here is my scorecard since the 2010 GOP Primary: Hultgren v Hastert - Win Wheeler v Hatcher - Loss Lea v Randall - Loss Hultgren v Foster - Win Giles, Michel, Johnson - Win Wass, Barocio - 1 Win, 1 Loss Ali Swanson - Win Barnhart v Kim - Win Koukol, Cullick, Gryder, Swanson, Vickery - 4 wins, 1 Loss These are all races that I sent out flyers, walked precincts, etc. Thank you for asking.
Stephen Youhanaie October 14, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Sorry Amy, I forgot Phillip Smith - Loss Me v Hoffer - Loss Auditor Referendum - Loss I'm over 50%, can't pick all the winners, but getting the voters the information is important. Terry Michel beat Amanda Mancke by 17 votes village wide, however he beat her by 30+.in my precinct. It may not count in many elections, but you never know.
Todd Milliron October 14, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Amy, Anybody can run as an Independent, there is no primary for Independent Candidates; it is not a last minute affair. The rules for a run as an Independent are set by the IL. State Board of Election. Those rules are written to discourage one from campaigning as an Independent. Mr. Toftoy needed around 160 signatures for his Republican Candidate petition. Mr. Dabney needed over 1600 petition signers to get his name on the Ballot as an Independent Candidate for Coroner, a significant amount of work and accomplishment just to follow those written rules to have one’s name on the ballot. Mr. Toftoy and his team of Deputy Coroners have chosen to discredit Mr. Dabney, instead of choosing to campaign on his Record of running the Coroner’s Office. Mr. Toftoy is a Manager of a Fleet of Deputy Coroner’s, Mr. Dabney has said he running for Kendall County Coroner to be the Coroner and do actual coroner duties, do his own investigations instead of farming all that work out to others, like Deputy Coroners. By doing that workload himself, he can reduce the Kendall Coroner’s Budget by over 20%. We had 256 deaths in the county last year, less than 25 deaths required On-Call/ On site Investigations, We do not need all the Deputy Coroner’s we have now, nor do we need a fulltime Administrative Deputy Coroner with County Benefits. The Dabney “Spending Reduction Plan’ scares the Toftoy Campaign and they have chosen to attack Dabney’s creditability, not run on the issues.
Jon Zahm October 15, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Here is the link to the foreclosure papers on Dabney... http://nodabney.com/2012/10/15/dabney-lost-oswego-home-to-foreclosure-in-2011/ Amy, above, articulates this election very well. It will be over soon. Now that the voting public knows Dabney, it will be NO Dabney.
Stephen Youhanaie October 17, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I find it interesting that Jon Zahm's wife is being paid by Tao Martinez, the Democrat for Coroner, in Kane County. Is she really doing political work, or is it a way for Jon to make a few bucks? http://thefirstward.net/2012/10/16/why-cant-kane-county-republicans-just-get-along/ Here is someone who states that he supports good Republicans only, and then he goes (or his wife allegedly)and works for a Democrat? Can this man's information be trusted?
Jon Zahm October 19, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Yes, my wife is really doing political work. And I don't get to spend any of the money she is being paid by Martinez. I like Martinez. Today, he publicly endorsed Senator Lauzen, a Republican. Russell, the weak Republican candidate, went door to door with Kevin Burns against Lauzen in the primary. But I don't have a vote in that race. Let the people decide.
Stephen Youhanaie October 20, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Jon, come on now. You expect the readers to believe that? While I'm sure that we will be supporting the same candidates, in the future, I can't possibly believe what you are laying out here. I can say this though, I don't think that you should announce yourself while in the presence of firefighters in Kendall County. The Toftoy campaign tactics has not sat well with them. Toftoy might not want to visit the fire dept, ever again.
Bonnie October 20, 2012 at 07:14 PM
All I can do is judge the candidates on job performance. I met Mr. Toftoy several years ago during a terrible family tragedy. He was professional, compassionate and comforting in the face of unspeakable grief. I met Mr. Dabney when he was part of a 911 response team earlier this year. He never spoke to us, not a single word. He didn't acknowledge any of the family members gathered around. Other members of the team did, but not him. I was surprised. I thought part of his job as a responder was to talk to the family. Is this how he will be as Coroner? On the job performance speaks volumes, much more than any political rhetoric. I have seen them both in action. I truly wish I never had. No one wants to call 911. No one wants to meet the Coroner. But since I have done both, for me the choice is clear. I don't care if Mr. Toftoy gets a steak. He deserves it, and I wish I could buy him one myself. He deals with death every day. It is his job to tell parents that their children will never come home. You can't imagine what it is to be in that situation. Shame on all of you who diminish the enormity of his job.
Stephen Youhanaie October 21, 2012 at 01:35 PM
One of Deputy Coroner Jim Wilson's favorite phrases is "shame on you." I suppose that this is just a coincidence.
Stephen Youhanaie October 23, 2012 at 01:15 PM
http://yorkville.patch.com/blog_posts/the-9mm-buddy-badge-and-other-unknown-badge-holders-at-kendall-county-coroners-office nuff said
Jake Delrose October 25, 2012 at 07:21 AM
I have a friend... You have struck a nerve with the system... CYA mentality... There were other paramedics there too... excuse, excuse, excuse after excuse.. Dabney is damaged goods.
Jake Delrose October 25, 2012 at 07:23 AM
Just like you pretend to know what your talking about..coincidence?
Stephen Youhanaie October 25, 2012 at 05:08 PM
"For less than a buck and a half I come to your house and take care of whatever-if i's a natural death or if your dad hung himself in the garage...Ken Toftoy" That's what's in the Oswego Ledger=Sentinel today. I can't add anything to that.
Harry Kari October 27, 2012 at 06:46 AM
one of the most repugnant statements a human being has uttered http://www.todd4kendall.org/Patchblog/Record%20election%20section_page%203_10-25-12.PDF
Harry Kari October 28, 2012 at 10:25 AM
http://www.ledgersentinel.com/article.asp?a=10357 other repugnant toftoy comments, looking for a raise
Jake Delrose October 29, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Harry has decided to repeat himself on the other blogs so people will hear what he is saying. But we just ignore him and his friends. Hey Harry, See you at the polls and please don't waste your vote on Dabney. It's a lost cause already.
Jake Delrose October 29, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Misquote. The Ledger Sentinel and Record has had it in for Toftoy for years. They just had to find a way to do it and since it's election time and there is another candidate.... well here you go! Good job Ledger Sentinel and Record, keep up the so so work on reporting the whole story, but hey what do you expect when you have Chicago Liberals running the only paper in town or the county?
Jake Delrose October 29, 2012 at 04:57 AM
That rotten smell of a story is brought to you by the odors of Todd Milliron, Campaign Director to Michael Dabney
Jake Delrose October 29, 2012 at 04:58 AM
That would be "Nothing said" in Todd's observation and waste of internet space.
Stephen Youhanaie October 31, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I got the Kenny mailer yesterday. I wonder if Jon Zahm will take credit for it. On one side you have to strain your eyes to read it because of the small font. On the other side you've got endorsements from Republicans, and the fact that he's the Chairman of the Kendall County Republicans. That side isn't that bad if you were running in a Republican primary, although there is a risk of offending certain groups in the Republican Party that find Joe Walsh not of their liking. Also, there are thousands of Democrats in this county that don't vote in the primaries. Obama did win Kendall County 4 years ago. I'm not so sure that the average voter wants to spend 10 to 15 minutes of his or her life, reading about a Coroner. Hang in there folks! Oops, wrong place for that comment: http://www.todd4kendall.org/Patchblog/Record%20election%20section_page%203_10-25-12.PDF
Stephen Youhanaie November 01, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I voted for all Republicans save one race. Any guesses? It's about time that Republicans act like Republicans. Wasteful spending, padding the payroll, and paying for ammunition for non-salaried employees is not my Republican way of thinking. Although I contributed to Republican Rob Russell, Jon Zahm, and his wife have a point. If you think that the Republican nominee is not acting like a Republican, you can go out and work for the other guy. Zahm's family is working for both Republican Toftoy, and Democrat Martinez. He, and his wife think these candidates are the strongest. He, and his wife are paid by these candidates, so they must think this way. I'm just a rank amatuer, as Zahm puts it. I reserve the right to think freely.
Harry Kari November 01, 2012 at 09:43 PM
toftoy campaign manager/paid consultant backs liberal democrat: http://www.kcchronicle.com/2012/11/01/conservative-coalition-backs-democratic-coroner-candidate/adfg7pf/?page=2
Jon Zahm November 02, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Harry "Phony Name" Chicken, Tao Martinez is not a liberal at all. He is a conservative Democrat who has publicly endorsed conservative Senator Chris Lauzen for Kane County Board Chairman. Steve, you have the order of things wrong. I decide who I am going to support and then I decide who I work professionally for. I have that ability because there are more people who want to hire me than I can possibly work for. I have a great deal of respect for Ken Toftoy and his record of service over two decades. And his opponent is such an embarrassment with his disciplinary record and his personal finances. This is documented at www.nodabney.com.
Jake Delrose November 03, 2012 at 03:16 AM
The reason for the small font is because of all the accomplishments that man has done. Could not say the same for yourself.
Jake Delrose November 03, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Mr Toftoy and his deputies have not said a negative word that has been published anywhere. Have they said stuff about Dabney? I bet they have because if it was me having a joke of a person confronting me on nonsense, I would make comments to each other about the clown too. Milliron wants people to believe there are thousands of deputies for the Coroners office running around with guns shooting up the place. Well ask yourself, are there any news stories displaying this issue? No What is a "Fleet of deputies" and define fleet? If Dabney says he can do training via the internet, has anyone asked him where this training online is? Remember he cannot operate computers very well that's what one of his discipline reports points too. Does Milliron understand state statutes of Illinois that well? No, the Coroners office is well within the law of allowing deputies from the coroners office carry firearms. Why is this a concern when law abiding people carry firearms to protect the public. Milliron must hate the 2nd amendment because no one who backs the 2nd amendment would never even argue about this issue.


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