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Coloma Township prepares for supervisor’s exit

Burke to retire from her position Saturday

Published: Thursday, May 29, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

ROCK FALLS – From the garbage collection to the printer services to the bank accounts, the Coloma Township Board of Trustees reviewed a checklist of duties to prepare for the pending retirement of the supervisor.

Earlier this month, township Supervisor Debra Burke announced that she would retire, effective Saturday.

During a special meeting Wednesday night, the board reviewed with Burke the supervisor’s responsibilities and what documents and accounts need to be switched over to trusstees’ names until Burke’s successor is picked.

No new supervisor has been named, but some residents have inquired about the position, several trustees said.

Gene Jacoby will lead meetings of the Board of Trustees until a successor is named.

Burke, whose term will expire in 2017, started as supervisor in 1981. She announced her retirement during the board’s regular meeting on May 14.

During her time with the township, she had been recognized for her expertise in providing assistance to the poor, one of the key functions of townships.

However, for 4 years she failed to submit the township’s financial reports to the state comptroller’s office. That was corrected in December, but the state fined the township more than $13,000, which was later negotiated down to $3,200.

Burke paid the penalty herself, saying she was responsible.

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