GENEVA – Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain is being sued by his former campaign manager for $12,000, court records show.
The May 6 filing by Geneva resident Jeffrey N. Ward, doing business as Forward Communication, asserts that Hain breached his contract for campaign services and that he is owed $12,000 for services performed June 1, 2017 through May 2018. Ward was paid an initial amount of $3,000.
Ward was supposed to work on the campaign through October 2018, but resigned the first week of June, 2018 after being charged with domestic battery. (Those charges subsequently resulted in a conviction, which currently is on appeal.) Hain was elected November 2018.
After the charges were filed, Hain said he told Ward, “Your work here is done on the campaign," and Ward then resigned his position. Hain denied he owes anything to Ward beyond what already has been paid, assserting in court papers that that the written agreement does not constitute a valid and enforceable contract.
“Ward provided certain campaign consulting services, but denies that Ward fully or properly performed the services described in … Ward’s complaint,” Hain’s filing stated.
“The $3,000 I paid him was commensurate with his work,” Hain said. “Mr. Ward is an honest man. He’s smart. He does have a good working knowledge of local politics.”
Ward said he walked away from Hain’s campaign “for all the obvious reasons.”
“I hold everyone else to a high standard,” Ward said. “It would be disingenuous to not hold myself to that same standard. … I walked away and it was the right thing to do.”
Ward said he expects the three-attorney arbitration panel will not rule against the sheriff in this matter, and predicts he will take it to litigation.
The case continues to an arbitration hearing on July 16.