Friday, April 14, 2017

Boone County Clerk, Recorder Mary Steurer to retire


Boone County Clerk, Recorder Mary Steurer to retire

Posted Apr 12, 2017 at 5:56 PM Updated Apr 12, 2017 at 11:23 PM

By Susan Vela
Staff writer

BELVIDERE — Boone County Clerk and Recorder Mary Steurer is retiring after nearly 40 years of organizing election workers, helping people get married, documenting land transactions and doing much more.

Steurer joined the office in 1979, worked her way up the ranks and was appointed to the job in 2011 when then-Clerk and Recorder Pam McCullough retired. Steurer was elected in November 2012 for a two-year term and was re-elected for a four-year term in November 2014. She’ll leave the job June 15 to spend more time with her husband, Dale.

“I feel bad leaving before my term is up,” Steurer said. “I just feel the time is right. We would like to do a little traveling and I would like to just be home.”

Steurer said she’s confident her office of five employees will be left in capable hands. County officials are seeking letters of interest and resumes from applicants who wish to be appointed to her job. The deadline to apply is April 28.

Steurer’s replacement must be a Republican. He or she will receive a yearly salary of $81,708 and will oversee an annual budget of about $700,000, Steurer said.


Boone County Board Chairman Karl Johnson will recommend a replacement at the May 17 County Board meeting. The nominee must be approved by the board. Johnson is looking for someone who has Steurer’s dedication.

“I don’t think you can find a person who is more positive,” he said. “She’s nice. She’s pleasant. She’s willing to do whatever she can to help out. She truly cares about the county.”

Steurer worked part time for the county treasurer’s office for about three years before joining the clerk and recorder’s office. She loved the office’s energetic pace and eventually became McCullough’s deputy clerk.

“I never had thought of being clerk but I really enjoyed it,” she said.

Steurer’s enthusiasm was apparent to former County Board Chairman Bob Walberg.

“I’m kind of sad about (her retirement) because she’s done such a great job,” he said. “She was always on top of her facts and figures. She almost always knew the answer. If she didn’t, she knew how to get the answer. She’s done that job extremely well. She was just so helpful to the board and so meticulous with our minutes.”

Anyone interested in replacing Steurer can send a letter expressing his or her interest and qualifications to Boone County Board Chairman Karl Johnson, Administration Campus, 1212 Logan Ave., Suite 102, Belvidere, IL 61008.

Susan Vela: 815-987-1392;; @susanvela

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County Clerk & Recorder


Term Expires

November 30, 2018

Length of Term

Remainder of Term

Per Illinois law this candidate must be a registered Republican.

Interested parties are asked to send a letter and/or resume expressing your interest and qualifications along with your contact information to Boone County Board Chairman Karl Johnson, Administration Campus, 1212 Logan Ave., Suite 102, Belvidere, IL 61008.  Please respond by April 28, 2017 to assure being considered.

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