Candidate Rob Young's statement on pervasive misconduct issues of Winnebago County Public Officials
Updated: Sep 10
Last week our community learned that Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz and his wife were arrested and charged with forgery and theft of an estimated $15,000 in County funds. It was around this same date in 2016 when we learned that the Winnebago County Purchasing Director stole just under $500,000 and the former Chairman kept a sauna belonging to Winnebago County at his personal residence.
While Mr. and Mrs. Hintz are presumed innocent until proven guilty, the fact remains that our elected officials' administration of public funds must be above reproach. It is incumbent upon all of us to hold our elected representatives to the high standard that their offices demand and condemn misconduct in no uncertain terms. Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz should resign.
While one incident of misconduct of this nature is concerning, ongoing incidents are simply unacceptable. It seems this culture of corruption is endemic in Winnebago County Government and we must take a stand against it: these are not our values, and headlines like these do not reflect the kind of community we purport and endeavor to be. If we are to move forward as a community, we must demand a standard of conduct from our elected officials that aligns with the most basic principles of right and wrong.
As an aspiring first-term member of the Winnebago County Board I recognize the honor, privilege, and responsibility of representing the people of Winnebago County. I not only accept but welcome the opportunity to be held to a higher standard and look forward to ushering in a new day for County leadership, for the 17th District and the County at large.