McLean County To Choose Rodriguez As New Administrator
WGLT has learned the McLean County Executive Committee plans to forward County Health Department Director Camille Rodriguez to the full board for confirmation as its new County Administrator.
Rodriguez would be the county’s first woman to serve as its administrator, and only the second top female administrator among the area's three largest units of local government.
Normal City Manager Pam Reece was the first. Rodriguez would replace Bill Wasson, who announced last November he is retiring on June 1, after working for the county 34 years and the last eight as its administrator.
The County Board is expected to approve a contract for the new administrator at its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. County Board Chairman John McIntyre has not yet publicly revealed his nominee for the County Board to consider.
McLean County Government characterized GLT's report as premature. County Administrator Bill Wasson said the County Executive Committee has taken no formal action. Any hiring decision would come by the Executive Committee just before the full board meeting Tuesday, and then at the County Board meeting itself, said Wasson. He said the county has not reached agreement on a contract with any candidate as of 4:50 p.m. Monday.
McIntyre announced in early April the county had chosen three finalists for in-person interviews before the County Board’s Executive Committee; Rodriguez, McLean County Administrative Services Director Eric Schmitt and Crystal Lake Director of Finance and Treasurer George Koczwara.
McIntyre named a blue ribbon panel of experts in January to review several dozen applications for the administrator post after County Board member Laurie Wollrab recommended the county hire a consultant to guide the search.
The county’s search committee made up of committee chairmen interviewed five preliminary finalists by phone in March.
The county hired Rodriguez to oversee its health department in December 2017. She had worked for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services as director of its Division of Public Health’s Bureau of Community Health Promotion.
Rodriguez previously worked for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’ Division of Child Protection and with the Office of the Executive Inspector General in Springfield.
[This story has been updated to reflect the County's statement.]
WGLT depends on financial support from users to bring you stories and interviews like this one. As someone who values experienced, knowledgeable, and award-winning journalists covering meaningful stories in Central Illinois, please consider making a contribution.