Jeffrey Mack: Candidate profile
City: Downers Grove
Office sought: DuPage County Auditor
Family: Mary, wife of 38 years. Three adult children, Justin, Jason and Michael
Occupation: Bank Officer (retired)
Education: B.S. Business Management, Northern Illinois University
Elected offices held:
Incumbent? If yes, when were first elected: No
Questions and Answers
1. Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election for the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you? If so, what?
In my professional experience as a bank executive, good government is best served by periodic change when it comes to audit and oversight. The incumbent has been in office for three terms (12 years), and is seeking a fourth term which can lead to influences and biases that compromise impartiality and professional judgment. I will bring a needed fresh set of eyes to the Auditor's Office to ensure DuPage County remains accountable, transparent and responsive to its citizens.
2. If you are an incumbent, describe your main contributions. Tell us of any important initiatives you've led. If you are a challenger, what would you bring to the board and what would your priority be?
I will bring a fresh set of eyes and independence to the Auditor's office that are ethical and unbiased. My priority is to be a watchdog to protect the interests of the citizens of DuPage County by holding county offices under the jurisdiction of the auditor accountable, transparent and fully compliant with Illinois statutes and Board policies. As Auditor, I would also work closely with these offices to identify opportunities to improve processes and efficiencies that will return greater value to our citizens.
3. What special qualifications does a county auditor need that may not apply to other county offices? What professional qualifications or experiences do you possess that will help ensure your success as auditor?
A county auditor must first and foremost be unbiased, free from political influence and objective in assessing other county offices. My forty years of experience as a bank executive has given me extensive experience in audit and examination procedures and processes needed in this role. I will bring my experience in bank management, fraud mitigation, information technology and business operations to provide effective leadership and oversight in the Auditor's Office.
4. To what extent must an auditor remain independent of other county offices and officials, and how will you ensure the appropriate level of independence in this office?
Good oversight of other county offices requires an auditor free from political influences, independent and non-partisan. Unlike the incumbent, I will bring a fresh set of eyes to the Auditor's Office which is uncompromised by decades of personal, party and political influences.
5. Describe your position regarding the allocation of resources in the auditor's office. Are personnel allocated as they should be? Are there capital expense or other budgetary items that the office must address, and, if so, how do you propose to address them?
As County Auditor one of my first priorities will be to assess the operations of the Auditor's office, and ensure the office is appropriately staffed, funded and equipped to carry out the statutory duties of the Office.