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

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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