PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The Pike County Board recently filled two soon-to-be vacant positions ahead of the midterm election in November.
Diane Ehlert was appointed to fill the Pike County Circuit Clerk position after Debbie Dugan tendered her resignation. Dugan, who served in the position for almost 14 years, left to become director of court operations for Statewide Publishing.
Pike County Board Chairman Andy Borrowman said Ehlert was selected from the list of three people submitted by Pike County Democratic Party Chairman Kevin Duesterhaus to fill the seat primarily because she retired from the office. Ehlert took over the role on June 1.
"She's familiar with it, and this created the fewest problems," Borrowman said. "By appointing Diane, there is no hole in the office. There will be enough disruption without leaving the office short one person."
Pike County Board member Bryce Gleckler, a Republican, has already announced his intentions to run for the position in November. The Pike County Democratic Party has not yet put forward any candidates.
During the same Pike County Board meeting last week, Pike County Republican Party Chairman John Birch was chosen from a list of three individuals to fill the vacant County Board seat left after Patrice Mills announced her resignation.
Borrowman said Mills cited time constraints and family obligations as her reason for leaving the position.
All appointments must be approved by the County Board.
The Democratically-held Pike County Clerk and Pike County Sheriff positions will also be on the ballot in November. Both races are contested.