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Office sought: Kane Clerk of the Circuit Court
Family: Married, 4 children, 6 grandchildren
Occupation: V.P. Sales And Administration & Corporate Secretary
Education: B.A. Lewis University, Squadron Officers School Air Force U, Air Command & Staff Air Force U, Commercial Multi-engine Instrument Licence
Civic involvement: State of IL. Treasurer's Job Advisory Committee, Reserve Officers Association, American Legion Post 84 Member, Retired Air Force Officer, AOPA, Turners Club member, member of Kane County Democrats, Coached football, basketball, soccer, and baseball for my children's teams
Elected offices held: None
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
To prevent the spending of 12.6 million on a new Computer Program.
Key Issue 2
Having a full audit.
Key Issue 3
Reorganizing the Department.
Do you believe the county court system needs a computer system upgrade that might cost as much as $12.6 million? If so, do you support using RTA sales tax money to fund it, or do you have a different plan? If not, what is your alternative plan?
No! The proposed $12.6 million Computer system to handle all the functions for the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Judges, Sheriff, District Attorney is being proposed by a outsource company from Colorado. My understanding is that this company does not have a working system in any IL County.Its approximate yearly update cost can be as much as $.5 million. The Current vendor has already charged Millions for their system. It's annual update can cost upwards of $.25 million. This system is being thrown under the bus by my opponents party. It's my understanding that this current vendor would charge us upwards of $2 million to upgrade this system to be the equivalent of the above system handling all the above mentioned departments. I propose implementing a duplicate version of the DuPage County system, which was developed on government time by government employees. Its cost to us is $0.00. Its annual cost is $0.00. Large corporations like Ford find the best approach to systems is to find which one works best in its divisions. Then implement it in all divisions and then have the individuals in each division work together to solve the problems they each face. We can do that with the Clerk of The Circuit offices. We just need to approach each group of Clerk of the Circuit Courts offices like a Business made for profit not non profit. To do that we need a manager who has worked in a cooperative manor and who has supervised over 100 unionized employees in a production environment. I have done that both in the Air Force and in factory management. We do not need a manager just intent upon just winning at all costs.
How do you resolve the ongoing debate over the county board setting budgets for departments run by other elected officials over whom the county board has no control? How should the county board enforce the budgets it sets?
The county board members should review the budgets and ask the department managers the detailed questions that they view as potential overspending based upon historical data. The implication is that each department head should be a professional manager in addition to being elected. That implies we should have a guide to selecting candidates. The Law suit that this question refers to could have been avoided if the department heads were not elected but hired. The department heads need to cooperate with each other in being cumulatively under budget. This will require professional business managers and a very responsible County Board President such as myself.
Do you support an expansion of the judicial center and/or consolidation of court personnel in one location? If so, how would you achieve that? If not, why not?
No. This would cost the taxpayers approximately $100 million. The security of the current system needs to be improved. This can be done for a lot less than $100 million. There is no payback for the above expenditure.
Will you voluntarily adopt and follow the more stringent Kane County ethics ordinance for yourself, your office and your employees?
Yes! I spent 21 years as an Officer in the Air Force Reserves. I think I know a bit more about this issue of Integrity than most.
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I am a businessman. I would like to make government run more like a business. You can only spend what you take in and you always look for a better cheaper way to produce a quality product. I have worked in factory management supervising over 100 unionized workers in various categories. I supervised over 100 Air Force enlisted men and women and was awarded a meritorious service metal for improving the inventory system and saving $1.8 million per year. My opponent is a lawyer. My web site is www.ednendick4clerkofcircuitcourt.com. Please vote for me. I will fight to not spend our money!