PEORIA (WEEK) — Peoria County Board Member Rachael Park has been appointed to the County Clerk seat.
Parker, who currently holds the District 5 County Board seat, will need to be confirmed at the regular County Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 8.
“With her nine years of experience on the County Board, Rachael knows Peoria County Government, including the County Clerk’s office, very well,” Peoria County Board Chairman Andrew A. Rand said. “I look forward to working with Rachael in this new role for her.”
There will be an election in 2020 for the County Clerk position to complete the remaining two years of the four-year term. If Parker is appointed at the Aug. 8 meeting, she will need to resign for the District 5 seat, which covers the East Bluff and Central areas of Peoria.
Parker will fill the vacancy after longtime former Clerk Steve Sonnemaker died on June 14 — the same week the Peoria County state’s attorney and District 11 board member died.
“I am honored to be the appointee (if approved by my fellow Board members),” Parker said. “I am willing to serve out the remaining term with no intentions of running for the seat in the 2020 election. My prayer is to make this transition as smooth as possible creating a level playing field for those individuals that have that desire to run for this office. This office it too important to NOT have someone work for the honor of truly replacing Steve (Sonnemaker).”
Rand’s selection for the District 11 seat is Linda Daley, who spent 28 years as Rep. David Leitch’s legislative aide and is currently Rep. Ryan Spain’s chief of staff.
District 11 covers northern Peoria, bounded roughly by Northmoor Road and the Village of Peoria Heights to the south; the Illinois River to the east; Detweiller Park and Route 6 to the north; and University Street to the west.
“While the circumstances of the vacancy remain incredibly sad, I am humbled and honored by Chairman Rand’s confidence in nominating me. If confirmed by the Board, I will work with the other members and do my best to contribute to what is already a high performing organization,” Daley said.