Thursday, November 6, 2014
MIAT - who will lead?
MIAT = Major Investigations Assistance Team
Who will lead MIAT?
Undersheriff Andy Zinke has been the titular head of MIAT, a County-wide task force of specialists from a number of police agencies.
Why do I ask this question now?
There were four homicides in May-June 2011 that were in the McHenry County Sheriff's Department jurisdiction.
MIAT was not called out to assist!
I believe that MIAT's involvement would have been important, but MCSD, in all its glory, did not activate MIAT.
Perhaps with the approaching elimination of the Undersheriff position at MCSD (one plank of Sheriff-Elect Bill Prim's campaign platform), the head of one of the County's municipal police departments will assume the responsibility for activating MIAT.
CORRECTION: 8:26 PM. I have been informed that the above article mis-states Bill Prim's position on the Undersheriff position.
A Prim supporter has explained to me that Bill never said he would eliminate the position of Undersheriff. At the time I wrote the article earlier today, I believed my memory to be correct, and I thought that Bill intended to halt the waste of $140,000/year on a redundant position.
Why would the Sheriff, at the top of the chain of command, need a $140,000 employee to stand between him and the commanders in charge of the various divisions of the Department. Why wouldn't the Sheriff just have those five-six commanders or "chiefs" report directly to him, so that he gets their reports and feedback directly, instead of filtered through one subordinate.
Nygren used the Undersheriff to run the Department for four years, so he could enjoy a Panama Canal cruise and abundant vacation and off-duty time away from the Department, earning him the title of Cell Phone Sheriff.
I think voters expect Bill Prim to be in the office, running the Department. So why would Bill need an Undersheriff?