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Office of the County Administration - Peter Austin, County Administrator

County Leadership

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Mission Statement

To provide administrative support and implement policies and directives as determined by the county board.


Legislation – In conjunction with the appropriate liaison committees, County Administration shall draft and recommend to the County Board, legislation pertinent to McHenry County’s interest and objectives.

Budget – In accordance with the budget policy and guidelines recommended by the Finance and Audit Committee and approved by the McHenry County Board, County Administration shall establish the schedule and procedures to be followed by all county departments, offices, and agencies in connection with the preparation and adoption of the annual budget. All long term and major capital purchases/improvements are accounted for under the County’s Financial Model until approved for action.

Financial Reporting/Forecasting – County Administration is responsible for reporting to the County Board on a quarterly basis the financial condition of the County. Additionally, the department is responsible for maintaining the County’s financial model, a tool used by the County Board and County Administration to forecast the financial condition of the County five years into the future.

Risk Management – Risk Management is responsible for maintaining proper insurance coverage to protect the County’s assets and operations. Responsibilities include claim losses; legal counsel; safety compliance; workers’ compensation; self-insured causality, property, professional liability, employee theft, inmate, and dental clinic insurance programs.

Payroll – County Administration is responsible for producing the payrolls of the County, ensuring compliance with Federal and State Laws, Labor Contracts, and the maintenance/implementation of solid internal controls.

Communications – County Administration presents information about goals, priorities, and activities of the County Board, informs residents and employees about the services of McHenry County Government, and supports communication in the event of an emergency.

County Board Support – County Administration prepares and distributes all agendas, minutes, and supporting documents for the meetings of standing committees and the County Board in compliance with the open meetings act. Additionally, the department handles the main switchboard, providing information and guidance to all callers.