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New supervisor could be named on Wednesday

Debra Burke, superivisor of Coloma Township
Debra Burke, superivisor of Coloma Township

ROCK FALLS – Coloma Township has been without a supervisor since the embattled Debra Burke announced her retirement at a May 14 board of trustees meeting.

The board hopes to change that during its next regular meeting Wednesday. Trustee Peggy McFadden said there is a good chance the board will choose Burke’s successor before the end of the day.

“We have two applications, and we’re going to pick one of them,” McFadden said. “We’ll open it up for discussion, and hopefully, we’ll have a new supervisor appointed by the end of the meeting.” 

The entire meeting will be conducted in open session at 6:30 p.m. in the Coloma Township office at 1200 Prophetstown Road in Rock Falls.

Burke was township supervisor since 1981. Her term was set to expire in 2017. She retired after taking the blame for years of financial reporting problems within the township office.

For 4 years, Burke failed to submit the township’s reports to the state comptroller’s office and the newspaper. When the reports were completed, many contained errors.

After the corrected reports were completed in December, the state fined the township more than $13,000, which was later negotiated down to $3,200.

Burke took responsibility for the situation, and used her own money to pay the fine.

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