Letter to the Editor: Dabney Vows to Run Coroner’s Office Without Use of County Credit Cards

Independent Mike Dabney, of Oswego, is running against Republican incumbent Ken Toftoy for Kendall County coroner.

It is unfortunate that the Kendall County coroner’s meals and travel expenses during staff training are now the subject of an editorial in the local Kendall County Record/Oswego Ledger Sentinel newspapers.

Based upon my experience as a former Kendall County deputy coroner and other experiences I have had with expendable budgets, I know that it is possible to run the coroner’s office effectively without the use of county credit cards. That is why I can guarantee I will not have any county credit cards issued for staff or myself. If the coroner’s office is managed properly, a county credit card will not be needed. I will be the sole person responsible for my elected office’s expenses.

In addition, Kendall County taxpayers should not be responsible for meals taken at local county restaurants and that long-term practice will be terminated. After I am elected, on day one of my incumbency, the Kendall County coroner’s office will implement a flat daily payment voucher system for only out-of-town travel expenses and meals. I will not wait for the county board to act. It is something that needs to be done now for county taxpayers and is long overdue.

Mike Dabney
Candidate for Kendall County Coroner

Todd Milliron August 24, 2012 at 01:23 PM
http://yorkvilleinsider.org/Purcell/kcredkcmeals.pdf = August 16, 2012, Kendall County Record/Oswego Ledger Sentinel Editorial
blue gil August 24, 2012 at 01:54 PM
you mean the party could be over, if people vote for dabney? do you realize how many local restaurants (with alcohol service) could close because the taxpayers aren't funding the non-liquor items purchased regularly by toftoy? dabney can't keep his promise because he will be pressured to frequent these places, by others, in county government, who believe in keeping the credit card party going. bottoms up, mikey.
mike ellison August 24, 2012 at 05:01 PM
What's ironic about Toftoy is that he attended all sorts of so-called training sessions, but apparently never any that he actually needed. The guy ran his office without adhering to any policy manual and intentionally fixed the accounting by misclassifying expenses. I'd suggest his next training sessions be for ethics, accounting, and human resources. And in a dry state.
Stephen Youhanaie August 24, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Lest We Forget: http://www.coronersillinois.org/20120503151102.pdf Every voter in Kendall County needs to read this closely, before casting their vote.
Tim August 24, 2012 at 11:59 PM
It is so sad watching people willingly destroy their own town with shortsighted pandering nonsense. Credit cards are also used for buyer protection. Not using one, opens you up to losing the entire purchase price of whatever goods and services bought, if it is the fault of the seller. You are admitting you are going to put the taxpayers on the hook for every defective product purchased. Yes, that sounds like a wonderful idea. Go right on and keep telling everyone how 'fiscally responsible' you think you are because credit cards are evil... or something.
blue gil August 25, 2012 at 12:47 AM
tim, i agree with you on this one, to an extent. please ask ms. purcell, and mr. toftoy to return the lavish meals they chose to eat. why should taxpayers pay for room service meals for ms. purcell? picking up on mike ellison's comment, how come all of the local "training sessions" alledgedly conducted by mr. toftoy are at places that serve liquor? yes, i know he deducts the liquor from the credit card statement, as mr. toftoy said, but i didn't know that alcohol enhanced the "training and learning environment." it must be a new way of training and learning. you'd think that he could hold his "sessions" at one of the fine local restaurants, which do not serve booze. bottoms up, tim. as for the town being destroyed, i agree with you that the elimination of mr. toftoy's ability to spend taxpayers money so freely at local restaurants, could cause one of them to consider closing the doors. ok, i'm kidding. credit cards, evil? why give temptation a chance as demonstrated by ms. purcell, and mr. toftoy?
mike ellison August 25, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I agree that under normal circumstances that it's prudent to use a credit card. However, considering the history that Toftoy has, it's not a bad idea at all for someone new to eschew the use of credit cards in order to build the pubic trust back up. It isn't as if though they need to buy electronics or something like that that might need to be returned. You can still return purchases that were bought with a check. I read the article that Stephen referenced and had seen that before. It shows a complete lack of integrity when Toftoy uses the unpleasant aspects of his job to argue for a raise. Yes, coroners' duties include tasks for which most of us would rather not do. But the integrity of the position is such that you don't use those in an argument. Same can be said for all sorts of jobs that deal with people's health, death; even food processing. Some people are cut out for jobs while others are not. You just don't use that aspect of the job to argue your point.
Oswego Resident August 25, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Blue gil, How many "fine" local restaurants don't serve alcohol? McD's? Panera? Hardly suitable fare for such high ranking officials, wouldn't you say?
mike ellison August 25, 2012 at 01:10 AM
The alcohol fueled dinner or lunch went out with 70's. Welcome to contemporary corporate America.
blue gil August 25, 2012 at 01:14 AM
tim, here's one that works, voted #1 best AMERICAN CUISINE: http://www.riverviewdiner.com/
blue gil August 25, 2012 at 01:25 AM
to oswego resident, see my post about the riverview diner. also, i think it's better for such "high ranking officials" to eat humbly, and not walk out of a restaurant as "high" and "reeking" officials. what if someone gets in an accident after a training session? a sharp lawyer will tie the meeting, the drinking, and the accident together. how much risk should the county taxpayers take on?
Kevin Wagner August 25, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Can I still vote if I don't read it?
Jon Zahm August 25, 2012 at 05:51 AM
The trainings are typically held in hotel conference rooms. The meals are consumed off site at local restaurants. Everyone is missing the ball here. Go to Adam Andrzejewski's www.openthebooks.com to see all kinds of overpaid bureaucrats and elected officials. Toftoy earns every penny of his salary after 20 years on the job and deserves more due to the 24/7/365 nature of the job and the seriousness of the type of cases he handles. Credit cards allow for easy tracking of expenditures. Toftoy keeps under his $750 a month line item for office training/travel/meetings. Maybe he ate a filet one night and skipped breakfast the next morning. Bottom line is not each meal but the overall budget item.
Jon Zahm August 25, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Well,"Mike", I would say to you, to paraphrase the Nicholson character from "A Few Good Men," "You can't handle the truth!" Toftoy lays out in honest and clear terms what a Coroner does to thick headed board members who pay him tens of thousands of dollars less than those who manage offices who work indoors, day shifts, and no weekends. It is not a lack of integrity to tell the truth. It is a lack of integrity to come on these boards and make anonymous attacks.
Get Real August 25, 2012 at 04:07 PM
This is a stupid and lazy position for anyone charged with administering a government office to take, and is meant only to pander to the electorate. It's the responsibility of WHOEVER is Coroner to properly manage expenditures of the Office, regardless of what method of payment is used. Credit cards are not evil, in fact, they are an appropriate tool that should be available for proper use, and the elected official should stringently manage and oversee that use.
Stephen Youhanaie August 25, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Hi Jon, Have a good time at the GOP convention, in Tampa. Stay dry! I have some items to point out. The DeKalb County Coroner is part-time. There are only a few thousand more households in Kendall County. The DeKalb County Coroner has 2 part time deputies, and a part-time executive secretary (you can find this in the DeKalb County Coroner's employment budget). Being that I think Republicans should lead in FISCAL RESPONSIBILTY, why are you stating that it is a full time job, here in Kendall County? What makes the Kendall County Coroner full-time, with a full time deputy/secretary, and 4 other part time deputies, when the Kendall County Coroner's Office handles below 50% of the deaths, as compared to DeKalb County? These numbers ARE THE TRUTH!
Stephen Youhanaie August 25, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Furthermore, when did Mr. Toftoy begin to claim that his job is full time? It was right after he retired as an EMT in circa. 2005-2006. The only thing that changed about the Kendall County Coroner is that his personal income took a dive. Most of the population growth was here, and the Kendall County Coroner's Office still handles less than 50% of the deaths as does DeKalb County.
Stephen Youhanaie August 25, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I'll let the members of the Kendall County Boards relay that Ken told you that the Board has thick heads. You wouldn't know that because you don't attend the meeting here, regularly. You must have got that term from Ken, if not, who did you get that term from?
Stephen Youhanaie August 25, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Folks, stay tuned. More interesting stuff about the spending in the Kendall County Coroner's Office to come. Remember to comeback, same WASTEFUL SPENDING TIME, SAME WASTEFUL SPENDING CHANNEL. Hint: remember, Mr. Toftoy has to approve ALL EXPENDITURES out of his office. He is solely responsible. No one else. I'd give you hints, but Jon (Mr. Toftoy's Campaign Manager), would spoil the party by preparing Mr. Toftoy with an explanation (plausible, or most likely a big stretch). I laughed at the last explanation about the water. (into the hundreds of small bottles?). Good one Mr Toftoy!
Jeri August 25, 2012 at 08:44 PM
ok someone explain to me why a local coroner needs a campaign manager? Why doesn't your integrity and track record sustain you? Its time for new ideas. Unlike the school board this position along with the park district guy, pays well.
Travis McGee August 26, 2012 at 05:50 AM
@Jon. Perfect analogy with the quote from A Few Good Men. As we know, Colonel Nathan Jessup was the person who said "You can't handle the truth" and he ended up being completely guilty of trying to cover up the misdeeds of his office - not so unlike our present Coroner, Ken Toftoy I believe. Are you Toftoy's "Lieutenant Kendrick" and are you enjoying the Filet Mignon?
Todd Milliron August 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Mr. McGee, I believe a better analogy for Mr. Zahm's current “acting” role would be based in actual reality and recent Iraqi history, he is the Dis-Information Minister for the Kendall County Coroner's Office, is being paid by Ken Toftoy, and is as good at denying the truth, and the facts presented as "Baghdad Bob.” (Click on video below for example) http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=baghdad+bob&mid=6DE68DE44EC1F1679EC56DE68DE44EC1F1679EC5&view=detail&FORM=VIRE4 = Jon Zahm doing the job, Kendall County Coroner Ken Toftoy has paid him to perform.
Truth Squad August 26, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Says the man who recklessly and wrongly accused the County Highway Commissioner of being a criminal
Betsy M August 26, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Love Riverview, but it is in Kane County.
Stephen Youhanaie August 28, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Went to the Kendall County Finance Commitee meeting where Mr. Toftoy presented his FY2013 budget. Hopefully the video will be put on youtube soon. Not an impressive performance by Mr. Toftoy. However, let's see how the public reacts to it.
Tim August 29, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Why do you keep using DeKalb county as an example? What about Grundy county? They have even less population. So please explain why there is a full time coroner, a part time deputy chief, a part time chief deputy, and part time administrative coroners. At least 4 part time employees there. OK, so it turns out that you can't explain that very well, I see why you didn't choose Grundy county on this point. At least the Coroner salary in Grundy county must be lower than Kendall county, right? After all, there is less than half the population. Oh, no. It turns out that the salary is actually higher in Grundy County, by almost 20%. http://www.grundyco.org/images/budget/2011_12Budget.pdf Stephen, you are not making a like comparison, and you know it. Because next, you claim that DeKalb only has 'two part time deputies', which is also wrong. There are 5. Is this why you didn't actually link to anything with that 'fact'? http://www.daily-chronicle.com/mobile/article.xml/articles/2012/03/22/r_rheawad4qi67rlhgqjxiq/index.xml You were only off by 150%. Close enough, right? Of course, you can just call the DeKalb Coroner a liar when his own words just 5 months ago are that he has 5 part time deputy coroners. If you think what you are posting are 'facts', you have an incredibly poor grasp of the information you are reading. It does not give the impression of professionalism to your chosen candidate, that this discussion demands.
Stephen Youhanaie August 29, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Hopefully the video will be put out on youtube this week, and you will see for yourself what the county board members thought of Mr. Toftoy's position on his budget. Their observations, not mine. I will do my best to get that video out to anyone who wants to see it. Who knows, maybe most of the voters in this county will see it before election day. I'll get back to you. You can believe that. Have a nice, relaxing day.
Stephen Youhanaie August 29, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Sorry, I almost forgot. The "training expense" line item in Mr. Toftoy's budget was cut in half by Mr. Toftoy, for the next fiscal year. Why would he decide to save the taxpayers thousands of dollars on this one line item. Is it because someone's wachting him closely? Or is it because he got his name in the paper? Or is it because he has an opponent? Who knows? Just a couple of years ago, he broke that line item by 30%. So now the account that he charged his meals, and hotel suites to has been reduced by 60%. I guess half a steak is better than (n)one? Sometimes, i just can't help myself on the easy ones.


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