County Board approves contract for consultation services

By Kayleigh Rahn
The Douglas County Board, during a meeting Wednesday, July 19, approved a contract for services between the Douglas County Board and Joe Tomlinson of HRC Consulting.

The consulting group will provide coaching, collaboration, consulting, and recommendation for various Douglas County employees on an as-needed basis, according to the contract.

A Douglas County office will receive assistance in improving concerns based on information, interviews, and recommendations from the county board. Tomlinson will bill the county a fee of $125 per hour for services including meetings with the office, planning and consultation prior to and following meetings, and the preparation of a final report given to the board.

In other business, the board approved the purchase of a print of Abraham Lincoln from the Illinois Historical Society for $500.

“As a small matter of discussion on this, the print of Lincoln that (is currently hanging in the board room along the west wall) was given through the office of the Secretary of State in 1955 is a smaller version of the print we are now purchasing,” board chairman Don Munson explained. “The historical society is backing this print, and they would like to see the print prominently placed in every courthouse in every county in the state of Illinois.”

According to the state historical society, the photograph was taken by Chicago photographer Alexander Hesler on June 3, 1860, for use in Lincoln’s presidential campaign.

“My thoughts are to retire the smaller print and place the new, larger one in its place,” Munson said.

County Clerk Judi Pollock requested the smaller print be replaced in the County Clerk’s office on the second floor.

The full story can be found in the Aug. 2, 2017, edition of The Tuscola Journal.