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|Knox County Democrats Seeking New Recorder
|FIRST REPORTED 9:00 a.m. 5/12/10 The Knox County Democratic party plans to recommend its choice for county recorder to the county board by the end of this month.
Deputy recorder Carol Hallam has been serving as the interim recorder after former recorder Paula Monzo recently resigned from the position. Monzo, who also was the Knox County Democratic Central Committee's treasurer, allegedly stole money from the party over a one-year period. She pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge that was reduced from an initial felony count last week in Knox County Circuit Court.
Knox County Democratic Central Committee chairman Norm Winick says the party will conduct an open search to fill the recorder position. He says the appointed recorder will serve until December 1st, when the person elected in the November election will assume the office for the remaining two years on the term. Winick says he expects the person selected to fill the vacancy by appointment will be the person also selected by the Democratic party to run for the office.
Winick says the party will conduct a search similar to the one that the state party used to nominate a lieutenant governor candidate when primary winner Scott Lee Cohen dropped out of the race amid questions about his personal life.
The appointment will be made by Knox County Board chairman Greg Bacon. Winick says Bacon has indicated that he intends to follow the Democratic party's recommendation that'll be decided by the elected precinct committeemen May 27th at the Knox County Democrats' scheduled meeting.
(Knox County Judge Stephen Mathers administers the oath of office May 5 to interim Knox County Recorder Carol Hallam. Submitted photo.)
|05 12 10 by Newsroom
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