QUINCY -- Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore said Friday that he would submit Tonia McKiernan's name as his nominee for the vacant alderman position in the city's 1st Ward.
The position was previously held by longtime alderman Virgil Goehl, who retired this summer because of personal reasons. Both Goehl and McKiernan are Democrats.
McKiernan's nomination is expected to be voted upon by the Quincy City Council on Monday. If confirmed, she would be sworn in during the council's July 29 meeting.
McKiernan, who works in the newspaper billing department of Quincy Media Inc., was not available for comment.
Moore said that McKiernan was selected from a field of four candidates seeking the nomination to succeed Goehl, who retires as the longest serving council member in city history.
"Tonia came to me from the Adams County Democratic Central Committee," Moore said. "When I had the chance to sit down with her, I found that she was very energetic and that she was eager to learn how she can better serve her neighbors in the 1st Ward and throughout Quincy."
Moore said he and McKiernan discussed a wide array of topics during their initial meeting, including the Quincy Next Strategic Plan. In previous comments, Moore had said finding someone supportive of the long-range plan was crucial.
"It was not so much that they support the entire plan, but that they believe if we execute the entire plan then how that will lead to some exciting things down the road for the city of Quincy," Moore said. He added that McKiernan, who is an avid boater, took a particular interest in the portions of the strategic plan that describe possible improvements to the riverfront.
If approved by the members of the Quincy City Council, McKiernan would become the second woman now serving on the council. The other is Katie Awerkamp, who also is a Democrat, representing the 6th Ward. McKiernan would also narrow the partisan differential on the council by being be the sixth Democrat on the council. There are eight Republicans.