Statement by Clerk Orr on Merger of Clerk and Recorder Offices

Clerk David Orr
August 3, 2016
Statement from the Clerk

I have always favored this consolidation effort because it would result in saving taxpayer dollars and greater efficiencies.

In this case, there is no doubt regarding the potential savings. A preliminary estimate four years ago by the Civic Federation identified a savings of more than $800,000. Considering this merger would not take effect until 2020, the savings are likely to grow to $1 million. By eliminating six non-union management positions, this would amount to a savings of close to $1 million, and that’s excluding other Clerk and Recorder redundancies in our Suburban offices. This still leaves many top Recorder management and staff.

There needs to be a strategic plan to prepare for savings based on attrition rather than layoffs over the next four years. No one can predict who may be the County Clerk in 2020, but I believe in strategic planning to minimize the number of layoffs while maximizing efficiencies.

I support any effort to save taxpayer dollars and improve government efficiencies. I oppose Resolution 16-4660 for the reasons above and welcome the final say on merging the two offices by Cook County voters in November.

David Orr
Cook County Clerk