Long-time Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen will not seek re-election for the position he’s held for decades.
Eyewitness News has obtained the following letter he sent to his staff:
It has been my pleasure throughout the last 30 years to serve on the Winnebago County Board and as your Board Chairman. I am grateful to the friends, family, and business associates who have supported me all these years; their support has allowed us all as a community to accomplish many good things for the County.
After much thought and discussion with my family, I have made the difficult decision not to seek re-election. Due to the time constraints and demands of my position, I have missed far too many family gatherings and events as my children grew up and I don’t want to do the same with my grandchildren. By not running for re-election I will be able to focus on my family and health issues as well as continue to complete the transformational projects that matter most to our community – without the time demands of a campaign.
For example, I will devote my time to completing projects such as Purpose Built Communities, which is a comprehensive approach to strengthening neighborhoods and families; Winnebago County Works! a collaborative proven program which helps the most disengaged of our community find employment; and therefore, leads us out of a state of crime and into a state of prosperity.
When I look back at the last 30 years, I take pride in the many things we have accomplished for the County. What I am most proud of is the fact that we have lowered the county budget by $24,000,000, reduced the number of staff by 200 and still delivered the highest quality of customer service. As I have in the
past, I will work hard until my last day in office to ensure that my administration does everything it can to provide the best possible service to the citizens of Winnebago County.
I thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you.
Sunday’s development comes as the FBI continues its investigation into Winnebago County. This after allegations of misused funds by the county’s now former purchasing director. Recently, the FBI investigation revealed Christiansen used a county-purchased portable sauna for personal use at his home. Christiansen said last Monday that a Wellness Committee member suggested he use the sauna on a trial basis before it was placed in the new county wellness center. Christiansen said the move was approved by the county’s HR department.
Christiansen was slated to run against fellow republican and Rock Valley College Board of Trustees Chairman Frank Haney in the March primaries.