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WHITESIDE COUNTY Longtime treasurer retiring at end of the year

MORRISON – Treasurer Darlene Hook will retire Dec. 6 after 32 years with Whiteside County, the last 13 as its lead tax and bill collector.

The County Board has a little less than 60 days to pick her replacement, Chairman Jim Duffy said at Tuesday’s Executive Committee meeting.

The new appointment is not on the Aug. 20 agenda, and so unless that agenda is amended, it likely will be voted on at the Sept. 17 meeting.

That new treasurer must be a Republican, as is Hook, and will serve until the November 2020 election, when he or she then must run for the job.

She recommended a successor, who already has begun training, said Hook, who began working for the county in 1988, and was elected treasurer in 2006.

“I chose Dec. 6 because I wanted to get the county through the fiscal year,” which begins Dec. 1, she said. “I think I’ve served my time.”

Hook is looking forward to retirement and spending time with those who matter most in her life, she said.

“I’m going to go spend time with my children and grandchildren.”

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