Republican candidate Joe Tirio has won the race for McHenry County recorder, according to unofficial vote counts Tuesday, and he plans to make his first term in the position his last.
Tirio had about 77,532 votes, or about 58 percent, according to unofficial tallies. He ran with the intention of eliminating the office and merging it with the county clerk, as has been done in several other counties with independent recorder’s offices.
“There’s an opportunity to not only eliminate the role, but also examine the work being done,” Tirio said Tuesday night. “It will provide career growth opportunity for the staff of both the recorder and county clerk’s office.”
In the beginning, though, Tirio said he will take time to understand the mechanisms of the office and get to know the people on his team.
Gray, a certified Illinois title professional with Fidelity National Title in Crystal Lake, has said eliminating the office is a bad idea. She received about 55,579 votes, according to unofficial results.
Gray could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday night.
Tirio will succeed current Recorder Phyllis Walters, who is retiring after more than 30 years.
The recorder’s office is responsible for recording, retrieving and maintaining land records and real estate transactions, subdivision plats, military discharge certificates and other records. The recorder’s annual salary is $104,750, not counting benefits.
Eliminating the office must be done by voter referendum. Tirio, owner of Monarch Senior Care in Woodstock, said he will persuade the McHenry County Board to put the question on the ballot in 2018 – if it does not, he said, he will gather the signatures necessary to do so.
Tirio has been active in recent years in creating and participating in anti-tax groups, most recently Illinois Tax Revolution.