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Gottemoller appointed to District 3 vacancy on McHenry County Board

Some board members vote against appointment

Joe Gottemoller
Joe Gottemoller

Joe Gottemoller is back.

The former McHenry County Board chairman and longtime representative has been appointed to fill a District 3 vacancy on the McHenry County Board.

On Tuesday, the board voted, 19-2, to put Gottemoller back on the board.

“I’m honored that the board would invite me back,” Gottemoller said.

Board Chairman Jack Franks said he nominated the Republican because of what he characterized as professionalism and wealth of institutional knowledge, but some board members were against the nomination.

“I’ve given this particular nomination a lot of thought, and I just want to go on record in saying that ... voters [have] decided,” District 2 representative Suzanne Ness said. “I am voting no on this particular nomination, and it’s not about qualifications. I just feel that I’m going to stand with the voters on this one.” 

Gottemoller lost his seat in the November election to Democrat challenger Kelli Wegener and Republican Lori Parrish.

A zoning and land use attorney, Gottemoller served as 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.

District 6 representative Jim Kearns said he wholeheartedly supports Gottemoller.

“He is a very calming factor,” he said. “He’s a unifying person. I think he is overly qualified.”

Gottemoller took the oath of office after the vote and joined the board for the rest of the meeting.

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