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McHenry County Board to vote on auditor appointment Tuesday

Chief deputy looking to fill vacant seat

Shannon Teresi, McHenry County chief deputy auditor
Shannon Teresi, McHenry County chief deputy auditor

The McHenry County Board will vote Tuesday on whether Chairman Jack Franks’ auditor nominee will get the job.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the county Administration Building, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock. The board also will vote on a resolution formalizing proposed changes inside the office.

Franks nominated McHenry County Chief Deputy Auditor Shannon Teresi to fill the vacant county auditor position.

Teresi, who has worked in the office since 2010, has been leading the office since Pam Palmer retired in January. She is a certified public accountant, certified internal auditor and certified fraud examiner.

Teresi started her career in the auditor’s office as an internal auditor, and she was promoted in 2016 to financial reporting manager and chief deputy auditor.

Teresi received her master’s degree in accounting in 2007 from Northern Illinois University.

The county’s financial responsibilities are split between the county administration – which is in charge of the county budget, payroll, purchasing and managing contracts – and the auditor’s office, which handles accounting and management of the county’s financial reporting system.

State law gives elected auditors in counties with a population of fewer than 275,000 people the responsibility of acting as the county’s accountant and controlling financial reporting.

McHenry County exceeded that population with the 2010 U.S. Census.

A proposal now will go before the board to shift the functions of accounting and financial reporting from the auditor’s office to the Finance Division of County Administration, which will allow the office to spend more time auditing and investigating waste, fraud and abuse.

That would bring the office more in line with the responsibilities granted to it by state law, Franks said.

Teresi will run in the November election to fill the remaining two years of Palmer’s term.

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.

Palmer stepped down to take care of health issues and her elderly parents.

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