McHenry County earns national award for shared services study

A study looking at ways local governments in McHenry County can increase efficiency and lower costs by sharing services has earned the county an award from the National Association of Counties, according to a news release.

McHenry County’s coordinated investment study focused on ways that local governments can cooperate and collaborate, according to the release.

More than 100 local officials help draft the recommendations included in the study, which focused on ways that local governments can cooperate and collaborate, according to the release. Among the recommendations was growing the McHenry County Municipal Partnering Initiative, a joint purchasing group, and building on and growing shared services.

The award is designed to recognize innovative and effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents, according to the release.

“We are excited to be recognized nationally for our hard work and collaboration. It is the hope that the Coordinated Investment Study continues to lay the foundation for many more successful programs and achievements,” McHenry County Council of Governments Executive Director Chalen Daigle said in the release.

Daigle, who also serves as the county coordinator for the county and McHenry County Council of Governments, is tasked with implementing the study’s recommendations.