Good morning, troops. It's Tuesday, Oct. 30.
After Wednesday night, the Tazewell County Board probably will be closer to complete again.
Board Chairman David Zimmerman selected Mindy Darcy and Toni Minton to fill vacancies in Districts 2 and 3, respectively. During its regular October meeting, the board is expected to affirm those picks.
Both women are to serve the remaining two years of four-year terms.
Darcy, 46, of Morton has spent most of the past two decades helping to raise her and her husband's seven children, ages 21 to 8.
An accountant, Darcy has worked full time at Caterpillar Inc. Currently, she is a part-time financial analyst.
"I got to a place where I felt I could give back and have some time," said Darcy, who has no government experience. "It's a good opportunity to use what I have learned over the years.
"I'm not coming on the board as an expert, but I am an eager learner, I hope I can offer a different perspective."
According to Zimmerman, Darcy's financial acumen made her the leading candidate to replace Jim Donahue. A former Tazewell County sheriff, Donahue had been a board member for seven years before he resigned in August, for personal reasons.
District 2 consists of Dillon, Elm Grove, Groveland, Hopedale, Morton and Tremont townships.
Minton is to represent Boynton, Deer Creek, Fondulac, Hittle, Little Mackinaw, Mackinaw and Washington townships. The 60-year-old Washington resident served on the District 51 school board in her hometown through last year.
In 2017, Minton ran unsuccessfully for the Washington Community High School board.
"I kind of think it's something similar to the board level at the high school, just in different avenues," said Minton, a freelance custom jewelry designer. "I just feel that it's important to serve a community. I've done it in a lot of different aspects."
Minton also leads the Washington Historical Society and Young Life Central Illinois, a Washington-based faith organization. She and her husband have three children, ages 33 to 16.
"She has a proven track record of service in the community of Washington," Zimmerman said. "I know she'll jump in feet first."
Minton is to fill the County Board seat that had been held by Mike Godar, who resigned in August and moved to Texas to be closer to family. Godar served on the board from 1998 to 2008 but was elected again in 2016.
Both appointees are Republicans, as were Donahue and Godar. Minton said she'd be open to running for election in 2020. Darcy said she intends to do so.
The 21-member board still has a vacancy in District 1, where Joe Wolfe resigned in September in pursuit of county employment. He remains on the ballot, unopposed, for a board seat in the election Nov. 6.
If the county doesn't hire Wolfe, he is likely to return to the board in December, presuming he receives at least one vote in the election. If Wolfe is hired, a fellow Democrat will need to be appointed to fill that new term.
Board members cannot work for the county.
District 1 consists of Cincinnati, Delavan, Malone, Pekin, Sand Prairie and Spring Lake townships.