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Leader of county's probation division resigns

Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 2:06 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 3:12 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – The director of the McHenry County's Division of Probation and Court Services has resigned after a prolonged medical absence.

Phillip Dailing has been on paid leave since November, Court Administrator Dan Wallis said, adding that Dailing used sick and vacation days he accrued over his tenure.

Dailing tendered his resignation Monday to the 22nd Circuit Court Chief Judge Michael Sullivan, although his departure is not effective until June 27.

Both Wallis and Sullivan declined to comment on the nature of his medical leave.

During Dailing's absence the past six months, the day-to-day operations were carried out by chief managing officers from the juvenile and adult divisions. Wallis covered the management and general administrative oversight of the department.

Sullivan appointed Dailing to lead Probation and Court Services in 2010 after he previously had served as chief managing officer of the Juvenile Division.

"He was very competent, very low key, always a gentleman," Sullivan said Wednesday. "He always kept ahead of the game. He ran a quiet, but a good ship. … He's going to very difficult to replace."

Sullivan said the position will be filled, although discussions about when have only been informal.

As director of Probation and Court Services, Dailing earned $114,438.12 in total compensation – including benefits and vacation time, according to the County's most recent employee compensation report.

Dailing began his career in various probation roles in Kane and DeKalb counties before coming to McHenry's 22nd Circuit.

"Phil was absolutely fabulous for McHenry County and the 22nd Circuit," Wallis said. "He had a world of knowledge and experience that will truly be missed."

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