A press release from Joe Tirio:
If elected, Tirio agrees to serve as Recorder without pay until offices are consolidated
WOODSTOCK, IL – As election day looms near, some are asking what will happen to the Recorder’s office if Tirio wins the race.
Will he be the Recorder, the Clerk, or both?
If offices are deemed incompatible, then one person cannot occupy them both.
Incompatibilities can be identified in statute, or by examining the relationship between the two offices to see if there would be issues like conflicting interests.
“I recently received a State’s Attorney’s opinion on the matter and it is their belief (as it is mine) that the offices are compatible.
“It stands to reason, as more than 85% of the counties in the state have a combined Clerk and Recorder.
“How could they be incompatible?”
“If elected, I will work with the County administration to suspend my salary as Recorder effective the day that I am sworn in as Clerk.
“In this way, the savings related to eliminating the role of Recorder can begin as soon as possible.”
The offices will be treated as two separate offices run by a single elected official until the Recorder’s role expires at the end of November 2020.
Since being elected to the office of Recorder in 2016, Joe has reduced fees, cut expenses and improved service to the people of the county.
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Were Tirio to resign as Recorder of Deeds upon being sworn in as County Clerk, McHenry County Board Chairman would have the power to appoint a replacement, subject to approval of the person by the County Board.