Proposed Resolution Rebukes Embattled County Board Member Alvin Wire

The Freeport Feminist Coalition unveils a draft resolution which, if passed, will formally ask County Board Member Alvin Wire to step down after making sexist comments.

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A resolution calling on the Stephenson County Board to condemn board member Alvin Wire has been unveiled by the Freeport Feminist Coalition, The Voice has learned.

The resolution says that Wire “betrayed the public trust” when he proposed adding a sexual harassment policy that would punish women for wearing low-cut clothing at a meeting last month. 

It also says that Wire’s resignation is in the “best interests of the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the residents of Stephenson County, Illinois.”

Sabra Baker, a founding member of the Freeport Feminist Coalition, told The Voice that if the county board approves the resolution with a majority vote they “would be letting [Wire] know that they do not believe he should continue to serve.” 

This resolution must be approved by majority votes in a subcommittee and the full county board to take effect. 

The resolution is non-binding, which means that it cannot force Wire to leave his position. However, its passage would likely be read as Wire’s colleagues saying he has lost their trust.

The county board will hold a week of committee hearings beginning on Monday August 10th in preparation for its monthly full meeting on Thursday, August 20th.

Baker says she is confident that this resolution will move quickly through the board.

“We have many who plan to attend the board meeting on the 20th that want to see the resolution make the agenda,” Baker told The Voice.