The Oak Park Township Board is seeking candidates for appointment to the position of Township Clerk for the remainder of the current term of office, which concludes in May of 2025. Candidates must be registered voters and residents of Oak Park. The Township Clerk position is normally filled by election. The next election will be in the Spring of 2025.

The Township Clerk is the clerk for the Township Board and keeper of the Township’s records. Responsibilities include:

Serving as Clerk of all Town meetings

Taking and maintaining minutes of all meetings

Giving notice of meetings and publishing other required public notices

Filing and keeping all certificates or oaths and other papers required to be filed in the Clerk’s Office

Administering oaths and taking affidavits in all cases required by law

Issuing certificates required by law

Attesting to payments issued by the Township

Serving as a Deputy Registrar for the Cook County Clerk

Serving as the Township’s Freedom of Information Act Officer

This is a part-time position (20 hours/week). The salary for this position is set by ordinance at $20,962 currently, with annual cost of living increases. The position participates in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), Illinois’ best-funded statewide public pension. The position is also eligible for the Township’s medical insurance plan, with the incumbent paying 100% of the premium.

The appointment must be made by the Township Board before Friday, Sept. 17. Please submit a letter of interest sharing your qualifications for the position by Friday, Aug. 13, to Kim Henry, Operations Manager at khenry@oakparktownship.org. If you have questions or want more information about the Township or the Clerk position, please contact Township Manager Gavin Morgan at gmorgan@oakparktownship.org or 708-383-8005.

The following, from the Illinois state statutes, provides details on the duties of the Township Clerk. 

(60 ILCS 1/75 5) 

    Sec. 75 5. Custodian of records. 

    (a) The township clerk shall have the custody of all records, books, and papers of the township and shall duly file all certificates or oaths and other papers required by law to be filed in the clerk’s office. This Section is subject to the Local Records Act. 

    (b) The clerk may administer oaths and take affidavits in all cases required by law to be administered or taken by township officers. The clerk may administer oaths for absent voters as required by the general election law. 

(Source: P.A. 82 783; 88 62.) 

(60 ILCS 1/75 10) 

    Sec. 75 10. Township meeting records. The township clerk shall record in the book of records of the township the minutes of the proceedings of every township meeting held in the township and shall enter in the book every order or direction and all by laws, rules, and regulations made by the electors at any township meeting. 

(Source: P.A. 82 783; 88 62.) 

(60 ILCS 1/75 15) 

    Sec. 75 15. Copies of vote entries. The township clerk shall deliver to the supervisor, before the annual meeting of the county board of the county, in each year, certified copies of all entries of votes for raising money made since the last annual meeting of the county board. 

(Source: P.A. 82 783; 88 62.) 

(60 ILCS 1/75 20) 

    Sec. 75 20. Certification of taxes. The township clerk shall annually, at the time required by Section 18 15 of the Property Tax Code, certify to the county clerk the amount of taxes required to be raised for all township purposes. 

(Source: P.A. 88 62; 88 670, eff. 12 2 94.) 

(60 ILCS 1/75 25) 

    Sec. 75 25. Failure to make return; petty offense. If a township clerk willfully omits to make a return required by this Article, he or she is guilty of a petty offense and shall be fined, for each offense, not more than $10. 

(Source: P.A. 82 783; 88 62.) 

(60 ILCS 1/75 30) 

    Sec. 75 30. Deputy registration officer. The township clerk, upon appointment as a deputy registration officer by the county clerk under the Election Code, shall have the powers and duties provided in the Election Code. 

(Source: P.A. 88 62.)

Kim Henry, Oak Park Township

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