WOODSTOCK – McHenry County government has tapped a familiar local face to take over as its second in command.
Scott Hartman will take over as deputy county administrator effective next month, leaving his current position as manager of the city of Highwood in Lake County. He until recently served on the McHenry County Ethics Commission, and had previously served as Marengo city administrator.
Hartman, of Crystal Lake, replaces John Labaj, who retired last month.
County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill, R-Woodstock, said Hartman quickly established himself as the lead candidate.
"We went through a very rigorous interview process with staff and the County Board, and he unanimously was recommended as having the skills that McHenry County is looking for," Hill said.
Hartman could not be reached for comment Thursday. He will make about $105,000 a year, Associate Administrator for Finance Ralph Sarbaugh said.
Hartman served as Marengo's administrator until 2008, when he was hired away by Pingree Grove in northern Lake County. He has served as city manager for Highwood, a small town of just under 5,400 people, since 2011.