With Berrios in Mind, County IG Issues Advisory Against Hiring Relatives
By Kevin Robinson in News on Dec 22, 2010 3:00PM
Joe "I won the election" Berrios
“It’s like beating a dead horse at this point,” spokeswoman Kelley Quinn told the Sun-Times. “We’re talking about two people with a combined 20-plus years with Cook County.” The advisory points out that the Cook County ethics ordinance prohibits elected officials and other county employees from hiring or directly supervising a relative.
In spite of the fact that Berrios claims he hired his son and sister because "they've got experience, and I'm hiring people with experience," Blanchard and Foster note in their report that “we are unaware of an employment protocol that would support a deviation from the ordinance when the covered employee possesses a high degree of competence and qualification for a position.” They both also told the Sun-Times that they issued the advisory of their own initiative, although they didn't elaborate when asked by the paper if they were investigating the hirings in Berrios's office. Regardless, we figure Berrios will stick to his guns if asked about his rational for putting his immediate family on the payroll: "I won the election."