Updated February 1, 2018, 8:37 a.m.
UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A new Winnebago County Clerk is sworn in to take over Margie Mullins' position until another candidate is elected in Nov.
Tiana McCall was chosen from a pool of ten applicants as Mullins' successor.
According to the Rockford Register Star McCall is the first African-American to hold the office. She has worked for Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. McCall says her experience in customer service and community involvement will help her be successful in the position, she says she's also ready to learn on the job.
"I thought that this a unique opportunity for me to get a better, firmer look at how local government works. I've worked in state government, I've worked in federal government, and I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to enhance my overall government skills," said McCall.
McCall will serve Winnebago County until Dec. when the candidate elected in Nov. will take over.
Updated January 31, 2018, 6:40 p.m.
UPDATE: ROCKFORD Ill. (WIFR) - After 36 years of service to Winnebago County, one local elected official steps down.
Wednesday was Winnebago County Clerk Margie Mullins' last day. She resigned after 11 years on the job. Mullins says it was a tough and emotional decision for her but knows that it is time for a new chapter and time for a new candidate to take over the role.
Mullins says the outpouring of support she's received has been truly touching.
"You hope that in the time that you've been here that you leave a little bit of a mark, and I hope that most certainly I have left a little bit of a mark, I mean, 36 years is a lifetime, but it's been a good ride," said Mullins.
Mullins says she will miss her role in the community but says she's looking forward to not waking up at 3 a.m. on election days.
Tiana McCall has been appointed to replace Mullins. She will serve until December.
Updated January 22, 2018, 3:30 p.m.
UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Interviews began Monday to find the replacement for outgoing Winnebago County Clerk Margie Mullins, whose last day is Jan. 31.
A panel - that included Mullins, Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney and board member Joe Hoffman - met for 20 minutes with each candidate to find one who will serve out Mullins's term.
Each interview was also open to the public so voters could meet with the candidates.
"We're losing a very experienced person. You're not going to be able to replace that overnight. So what we're looking for is somebody who would be a caretaker, work with their existing technical staff, make sure that the March 20 election goes off without a hitch, and then, of course, look ahead to the November election," said Haney.
Updated January 18, 2018, 1:27 p.m.
UPDATE: WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) - Ten applicants will sit down for public interviews for Winnebago County clerk.
Winnebago County leaders say the interviews will take place starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 22. The interviews will be open to the public, media and Winnebago County Board members.
According to state statute, the new appointee must be of the same political party as the outgoing clerk. Clerk Margie Mullins is a Democrat so primary voting records are being used to ensure Democrat status.
The ten applicants are:
-Karen Colemen, of Machesney Park
-Alexis Crenshaw, of Chicago
-Paul Gorski, of Rockford
-Tiana McCall, of Rockford
-A, Brandon Sanchez, of Machesney Park
-Franchine Schiro, of Winnebago
-Robbin Snodgrass, of Machesney Park
-Stuart Wahlin, of Rockford
-Dyanna Rose Walker, of Rockford
-L.C. Wilson, of Rockford
Anyone interested can attend and offer input, in writing, following each interview. Chairman Frank Haney has asked Margie Mullins, Winnebago County Board member and Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Hoffman and a member of the Winnebago County HR team to be involved in the interview process.
Haney could make a formal recommendation as soon as Thursday, Jan. 25. The appointee will serve until the November election and a new clerk will take office in December 2018.
Updated January 9, 2018, 7:23 p.m.
UPDATE: WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) - Winnebago County chairman Frank Haney announces the four names he will choose from to replace county clerk Margie Mullins.
The applicants include former chief deputy recorder of deeds Francine Schiro, county board member L.C. Wilson, former Machesney Park village trustee Robbin Snodgrass and Juris doctor A. Brandon Sanchez.
Chairman Haney expects to make his selection before January 31 which is Mullins' last day on the job.
Posted December 18, 2017, 9:22 a.m.
WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- After serving for more than a decade as Winnebago County Clerk, Margie Mullins announces her resignation.
In a letter sent on December 15, 2017, Mullins said, "This has been a very difficult decision for me, but for personal reasons, I will be stepping down".
Although her term ends in November 2018, Mullins' last day will be January 31, 2018. During its January 11 meeting, the Winnebago County Board will officially declare the position vacant. Board Chairman Frank Haney will have 60 days to fill the position.
"She has been a good partner to me as Chairman and to the County Board", said Haney. "On behalf of a grateful board, county, and community, I wish Margie and her family the very best in the future."
Mullins had served in the Winnebago County government for 36 years and as County Clerk for the past 11.
"Working for the County and being the County Clerk has been very rewarding", said Mullins. "I have great confidence in our existing staff and their ability to effectively serve the community in both their day-to-day activities as well as on election day."
Chairman Haney said he would not appoint anyone in the process of running for the County Clerk's position. The appointee must come from the Democratic Party.
Four candidates will be on the March 20, 2018 primary election for County Clerk.