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McLean County Board Member Resigns

Logan Smith standing
Emily Bollinger
McLean County Board member Logan Smith announced his resignation on Friday.

McLean County Board member Logan Smith has announced his resignation from the board, effective immediately. Smith said he has accepted a new job with the City of Mesa, Ariz.

Smith was a student at Heartland Community College when he ran in 2018 and defeated a Republican incumbent. He said he learned a lot about governance and accomplished several things.

“I was instrumental in killing an ordinance regarding protests on county property. We’re also working on being innovative in spaces that we can. We’re looking at solar power for county buildings,” said Smith.

Smith said in his time on the board he has seen partisanship on the board get worse, as it has in the rest of the country.

“I think we need to see more leadership on the board. The group has gotten more diverse since 2018. Our average age has dropped, our gender composition has changed. But we are not seeing those changes reflect in leadership,” said Smith, who represented west and northwest Normal.

Another Democrat will be appointed to fill the remaining 1 1/2 years of Smith’s term. Past practice has been for county board chair John McIntyre to solicit applications, who then make presentations to the county Executive Committee before an appointment is made.

Jack Graue is a student reporter at WGLT. He joined WGLT in summer 2021. He is also a student in the School of Communication at Illinois State University.