Darrell “Dude” Meisinger will resign from his District 1 seat on the Tazewell County Board next month, the board’s chairman confirmed Tuesday.


Meisinger, 79, of Green Valley, cited health reasons in his decision to step down from the seat for which he was elected to a third four-year term last November, said David Zimmerman.


His resignation will take effect on July 26. “That will start the 60-day clock” for the board to choose Meisinger’s replacement, Zimmerman said.


As with the resignation last March of fellow Democrat Jerry Vanderheydt, then of Pekin, a replacement will be recommended by that party’s District 1 precinct committeemen in a meeting with Tazewell County Democratic Party Chairwoman Shirley Houghton.


Meisinger, a retired Pekin Fire Department captain who also served with the Office of State Fire Marshal, was first elected in 2008, after the service of his wife and long-time board member Peggy Meisinger.


His board duties have included Property Committee vice chairman and seats on the Finance, Human Resources, Risk Management and Executive committees. He is also the board’s liaison with the county Veterans Assistance Commission, Zimmerman said.


The board’s District 1 covers Pekin, Cincinnati, Delavan, Malone, Sand Prairie and Spring Lake townships.

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