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Checks and balances: Meyer will be next county treasurer

DIXON – The city’s finance director will be taking her government accounting experience to the county as its first new treasurer in more than 2 decades.

Republican Paula Meyer garnered 68.57 percent of the primary vote Tuesday, winning the seat held by longtime Lee County Treasurer John Fritts, who did not run for re-election after six terms in office.

“I’m looking forward to helping out and being part of the community,” Meyer said. “I’m very excited.”

Meyer, 53, ran against Chief Deputy Treasurer Melissa Lawrence, a Dixon Republican, with votes totaling 2,629 and 1,205 respectively.

Lawrence, a 35-year-old Ashton native, has worked in the treasurer’s office for 13 years and became chief deputy a year ago.

“I ran a clean, hard campaign, but I came up short in the end,” Lawrence said, adding that she congratulated Meyer on the win.

Meyer has been a certified public accountant for 27 years and started her 22-year tenure working in government finance as Sauk’s controller in 1995.

She left Sauk after being hired by the city 5 years ago to institute a new system and clean up the financial mess left by former City Comptroller Rita Crundwell, who stole $53.7 million from the city over 20 years.

Meyer, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University in 1987 and her master’s in accounting in 1990, lives on a farm in southwest Lee County, about 5 miles outside of Amboy, with her husband, Don. They have two children, Eva and Paul.

She said she appreciates the support of all of the voters.

“Going door to door, it makes you feel good about living in this community.”

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