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Report: No Forest Preserve job reviews in decades

Updated: November 16, 2011 1:53PM

Cook County Forest Preserve staffers haven’t had job reviews in decades, and a sometimes murky chain of command has made it difficult for underlings to identify who their bosses are, according to the head of the agency.

“As far back as we could see, there’s been no performance review in place at all. So that’s been the case historically, and we’re working to change that,” Forest Preserve Supt. Arnold Randall said, referring to these and other findings of an agency audit to be released Wednesday.

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, almost a year into the job, tapped Randall to overhaul an agency plagued by patronage hiring and scandal. Her office said Tuesday the “desk audit” was conducted to bring some organization to the agency.

“When I was sworn into office, I directed the Forest Preserve District to initiate desk audits so that we could begin to take a comprehensive and detailed look at the operations of Cook County government,” Preckwinkle said in a statement. “It is time for the Forest Preserve District — just like every other government agency — to take a hard look at its core functions and figure out ways to improve and streamline its work.”

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