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Unemployed Kenosha Man Who Recently Went Bankrupt For Nearly $750,000 Chosen To Chair County’s Finance Committee

Jeff Gentz (D) 57 of Kenosha
(Photo courtesy Optic Light Photography)

With the stroke of a pen, Kenosha County Board Chairman John O’Day shook up the committee assignments for the county board. Terry Rose, a local successful attorney for over 54 years, has chaired the finance committee for a couple of decades. Under Rose’s leadership, every proposal made generated enough support to become law. Rose is known for being independent. He doesn’t vote with one side or the other. He votes for what he believes is right for the county. That has apparently drawn the ire of O’Day, especially when Rose was the only supervisor to advocate for an open meeting in the double-demotion hearing of Sgt. Bill Beth. Rose isn’t a “yes man” and has never been accused of such.

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Kenosha Board Member and Attorney, Terry W. Rose
(Photo courtesy Optic Light Photography)

Jeffrey Gentz, 57 of Kenosha was tapped to be the next finance chair. In Kenosha County, the Chairman (O’Day) has unilateral authority to determine who is on which committees. Many other governmental bodies do so through a vote. Gentz, unlike Rose is a “yes man.” Gentz is already the chairman of the Joint Services committee. County rule 2.05(3)(h) prohibits any board member from chairing more than one committee. He will have to step down from one or O’Day will have to remove him from one. Gentz has been reportedly unemployed for almost a year. He has ostensibly been collecting unemployment and the extra “Uncle Sam Bucks.” Here is what else we learned – Gentz recently declared bankruptcy to the tune of almost three-quarters of a million dollars, USD. He was also ordered to attend credit counseling. Gentz had $52 in his pocket according to the court filing.

Among his debts that were wiped away:

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$8,211 – Unpaid Taxes
$25,842 – Capitol One Credit Card
$9,448 – Discover Credit Card

$11,358 – M&I Credit Card
$15,242 Sears Credit Card
$458 – WE Energies

Gentz, Jeffrey Allen – CARRIE R. MICHELSON ~1021193 – Case:10-30810

John O’Day told the Kenosha News “no comment” when asked why he made this change. We emailed him and learned that O’Day has apparently blocked our email address. He doesn’t want to hear from us.

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John O’Day (Facebook)

The County’s credit rating was downgraded in 2020 due to what is believed to be the administration’s tax-and-spend policies and a tremendous amount of debt. The County needs help financially. What is O’Day’s solution? Replace the finance committee chairman with a man who can’t manage his own personal finances. Will Gentz bankrupt Kenosha County like he bankrupted himself? Let’s hope not. Putting someone like Gentz in charge of a $264MIL budget is very silly. Mr. O’Day, reverse course. Sometimes we make rash decisions when we are throwing a temper-tantrum. Take a deep breath and do the right thing, then resign.

Click here to read Jeffrey Gentz’s bankruptcy petition

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  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.


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7 Responses

  1. I wonder if the County had to contribute to Gentz’s unemployment payments like the City did when Alderman Kennedy filed for unemployment a few years ago

  2. Confidence in our civic leaders . Financial
    Security has never been a quality of the Democratic Party. Question being, is it better to look out for the well being of Kenosha county and live up to the trust the voters instilled in you, or place a yes man with no knowledge of finance in a position like this just so you can get your own way ! Leadership starts at the top . From where I’m standing the whole board should be swept out .

  3. This is terrible! It doesn’t make sense to put him in charge of taxpayer’s money when he can’t even manage his own money! I am furious to see this!

  4. Couldn’t they find someone adequately qualified to do this job? Why are all the losers gravitating towards city hall? First we had Hujik on the school board who lost money in derivatives investing, then there was Pacetti who couldn’t do his job for multiple reasons. And now this guy who can’t manage his own finances!

    John ODAY is a good man. Wish he would retire. Maybe he’s getting senile.

    1. I assure you he is not. Nor does he sling mud and he is a great man!

      Gentz made mistakes and they came to light. Unfortunate and learn moving forward. Tomorrow will be interesting.

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