Murphy Resigns From McLean County Board | WGLT

Murphy Resigns From McLean County Board

Jun 18, 2019

McLean County Board member Scott Murphy has resigned. In his resignation letter, Murphy said he's buying a house in Bloomington-Normal outside of his District 2 boundaries.

County Board Chair John McIntyre said Murphy had been chair of the Property Committee.

"As far as replacement then, I'll just go through and see who we have and who is the next experienced person on the list. I try not to make many committee changes in the middle of a term like this," said McIntyre.

District 2 includes Downs, Heyworth, and LeRoy. The appointee would serve the remainder of Murphy's term until the next election in 2020.

Murphy had served for three years. He was appointed in 2016 when Matt Sorensen resigned to face federal theft and fraud charges and then ran for a full term.

McIntyre said losing a committee chair coupled with big turnover in the last election reduces the level of experience on the board.

"I'm always concerned about that because we need that leadership. It just takes time on this board what with our committee structure for people to get their feet wet and understand all that's required," said McIntyre.

According to state law, Murphy will have to be replaced by a fellow Republican.

McIntyre said interested replacements should file written applications and resumes with the county administrator's office by noon on July 3. The County Board Executive Committee will hear applicant presentations at its meeting July 16. McIntyre will advance a name for full board ratification July 16.

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