The second-in-command at the McHenry County Treasurer’s Office for the past 17 years will soon become the office’s top executive.
Glenda Miller, the chief deputy treasurer, defeated Crystal Lake City Council member Jeff Thorsen and secured the Republican nomination for treasurer Tuesday.
She maintained a wide margin throughout the night, winning with 55.2 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the McHenry County Clerk’s Office.
“Being the chief deputy for the last 17 years and working with the taxpayers of McHenry County, I want to continue to do that,” Miller said. “I know the job, and I feel like I’m most qualified.”
Miller will succeed her boss for the last 17 years, Bill LeFew, unless the county’s Democratic Party selects a candidate and collects the needed signatures before November.
Miller captured 14,665 votes of the 26,555 total ballots cast in the countywide race.
Thorsen praised Miller for running a classy campaign. He called her the “Republican of choice” for treasurer, adding he fully supports Miller as the nominee.
“I’m very proud of the campaign. We always knew it was an uphill battle,” Thorsen said. “At the end of the day, you look yourself in the mirror and ask if you ran a respectable campaign and by golly, I know we did.”
Both candidates highlighted their banking and public office experience during the campaign. Miller left behind 21 years in the banking business to work as chief deputy treasurer in the late 1990s.
The Harvard resident currently serves as a Chemung Township trustee after she previously represented the Harvard City Council.
Thorsen sought countywide office as he served locally on the Crystal Lake City Council – a position he has held since 1999. With 25 years of banking experience, he works as vice president of First Merit Bank in Union.
While out on the campaign, Miller touted her work as LeFew’s chief deputy. The position, she said, made her uniquely qualified to lead the treasurer’s staff.
She also wanted to enhance the office’s public outreach with an improved website and social media presence to help taxpayers find information easier.
Thorsen wanted to bring fresh ideas to the office with an emphasis toward protecting taxpayer dollars.
Thorsen’s goals included more transparent tax bills that detail how much a taxing body receives from individual taxpayers and the financial state of a particular taxing body.
The treasurer office’s main duties are to collect property taxes for all units of government and maintain the county government’s bank account.