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Joe Gottemoller nominated to fill District 3 vacancy on McHenry County Board

Joe Gottemoller, R-Crystal Lake.
Joe Gottemoller, R-Crystal Lake.

Former McHenry County Board member Joe Gottemoller has been nominated to fill a vacant seat in District 3.

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks said he nominated the Republican because of Gottemoller’s professionalism and wealth of institutional knowledge.

“Joe proved himself an invaluable leader who accomplished a lot during his six years on the County Board, and he will serve the people of McHenry County and District 3 very well,” Franks said in a statement released Friday.

District 3 includes Nunda, southeast McHenry and northeast Algonquin townships and all or parts of Crystal Lake, Bull Valley, McHenry, Prairie Grove, Holiday Hills, Lakemoor, Island Lake, Oakwood Hills, Port Barrington and Cary. Republican Michael Walkup resigned in 2018, leaving the seat open.

A zoning and land use attorney, Gottemoller served as County Board chairman from 2014 to 2016. Gottemoller owns the law firm Gottemoller and Associates and earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1979. He earned his law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law in 1982.

He and his wife, Christine, live in Crystal Lake and have three sons.

“We received a pool of very competent and dedicated applicants who stepped forward to serve their communities, but Joe’s credentials and his accomplishments on behalf of the people of McHenry County make him the best choice to fill the vacancy,” Franks said.

The board will vote on Gottemoller’s appointment at a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the county Administration Building, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock. If appointed, his term would end in 2020.

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