Sangamon County Board
Procedures for Commission and Board Appointments -
Revised: April 2008
Through the provisions of state law and local ordinances, the Sangamon County
Board appoints qualified individuals to serve on over two dozen boards and
commissions throughout the community. The responsibilities of these entities
are outlined on the attached pages. This document outlines the procedures
to be followed by the Sangamon County Board when filling vacancies on these
boards and commissions. Also included in this document is the procedure for
individuals to express their interest in being appointed a board or commission.
Responsibilities of the Commissions and Boards Appointed by the
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Notification of Available Positions:
All expired and expiring positions shall be posted in the Sangamon County
Board Office and on the County’s website (www.co.sangamon.il.us).
These positions shall be posted for public review no later than two months
in advance of their expiration. For example, if a position expires in the month of December,
it should be posted no later than October 1st.
Application for Appointment:
Individuals interested in being considered for appointment to an open board
or commission position can apply in writing by sending a letter to the
Sangamon County Board Office. In the letter, the individual should identify
the position that they are interested in filling and explain their qualifications
for the position. The County Administrator is responsible for assembling
all of the letters of interest for board and commission appointments. The
letter should be addressed as follows:
Sangamon County Board Office
Board and Commission Appointments
Attn: County Administrator
200 S. Ninth St., Room 201
Springfield, IL 62701
The County Administrator will assemble the letters of interest and have
them available for inspection by the County Board Chairman and County Board
Members as they consider individuals to fill the board and commission positions.
Letters of interest are due the 1st day of each month for positions
that will be presented to the County Board at their monthly meeting. For example,
candidates for appointment that the County Board will receive at their December
meeting need to have their letters of interest submitted by December 1st.
The County Board would then vote on those candidates at the January County
Qualifications of Interested Individuals:
Some board and commission positions require individuals with specific qualifications.
These qualifications are set forth in state law and local ordinance. Furthermore,
some board and commission positions are required by state law to be partisan
public bodies. In review of the applicants for partisan positions or positions
with specific qualifications, it may be necessary for the County Board
staff to review public records and other required certifications to confirm
the eligibility of the individuals to be appointed. This may also require
the County Board to ask for proof of qualifications from the applicant.
Approval by the County Board:
The County Board Chairman shall put forth to the entire Sangamon County Board
a list of candidates for appointment at their regular monthly meeting.
The list of candidates for appointment shall be submitted one month in
advance of any County Board action on board and commission appointments.
For example, candidates for appointment that will be voted on at the December
County Board meeting shall be submitted to the board members at the November
County Board meeting. The County Board Office will notify the appointed
candidate in writing of their approved appointment.