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McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer announces re-election bid

McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer
McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer intends to run for a fourth term in office.

Palmer, a Republican from Union, announced her candidacy Tuesday. The office is county government’s fiscal watchdog – it monitors the county’s finances, acts as its accountant, inventories all county property and conducts audits to investigate potential mismanagement.

Palmer said in her announcement she has accomplished much in her nine years in office and would like to continue.

“There is still much more to do that my leadership and experience would contribute to, especially in a period of budget cutting, reduced revenues and uncertainty in the state of Illinois,” she said. “The county is in [the] first stages of a new financial software project, and I am a key member of the implementation team. I have many other goals to achieve that would benefit the county for years to come.”

Palmer was hired as chief deputy auditor in 1998 after working 20 years in the banking industry.

She was appointed as auditor in 2006 to replace Ruth Rooney, who stepped down halfway through her term to care for her aging mother and spend more time with her grandchildren.

Voters elected Palmer later that year to serve the remaining two years of Rooney’s term, and then re-elected Palmer to four-year terms in 2008 and 2012.

Among the achievements Palmer touted were the annual financial reporting awards the office wins, creating a fraud and waste hotline for employees and citizens, and improvements to county finances made through creating a formal internal auditing program.

Besides auditor, the countywide offices of state’s attorney, recorder, circuit clerk and County Board chairman will be on the ballot in 2016. Incumbent State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi and Circuit Clerk Katherine Keefe are running for re-election.

Longtime incumbent Recorder Phyllis Walters is retiring, which has set up a Republican primary race between recorder office supervisor Joni Smith and County Board member Tina Hill, R-Woodstock.

County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller, R-Crystal Lake, is running for a four-year term – the 2016 election is the first in which voters will popularly elect the office.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has since been updated to correct Smith's title.

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