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Bloomington Election Commission Director Departs

Tim Mitchell
Bloomington Election Commission Director Tim Mitchell has left the job for another opportunity.

The Bloomington Election Commission is looking for a new director.

Elections commissioner Kim Kiser said Friday that previous director Tim Mitchell chose to take another job opportunity.

Mitchell held the position for about 15 months. He was chosen after longtime director Paul Shannon retired. Before taking the job, Mitchell was a member of the board overseeing the commission and its director. Kiser replaced Mitchell on that board. The other two commissioners are Denise Williams and Bob Felton. They both have three-year staggered terms. Kiser's term expires next year.

Kiser said the board will meet June 2 to talk about the process to find a new director.

Kiser said Mitchell's departure will not disrupt the commission's planned move from the fourth floor of the county government complex to the new City of Bloomington hub opening next week on the first floor of Government Center in the old Parks and Recreation office space.

The election commission administers elections within the city of Bloomington. The McLean County Clerk's office does the same in the rest of the county, including the Town of Normal. The commission was formed in 1914. According to the commission website, "after a problem with election fraud, the citizens of Bloomington decided they wanted honest elections held in Bloomington with no partisan politics involved."

The Board of Elections has had offices in the old McLean County Courthouse (now the McLean County Museum of History), the Law and Justice Center, the current Health Department Building, and had been located in Room 403 of the Government Center at 115 E. Washington St. since 2004.

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WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.
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