PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — After more than three decades of service to the City of Peoria, clerk Beth Ball has announced she will not run for re-election in 2021.
Ball was hired into the City Clerk’s Office as Chief Deputy Clerk in 1989 as Chief Deputy Clerk. She was then appointed by Mayor Ardis to serve as City Clerk, completing the term of the previous office holder.
Ball has been active in State organizations and the Central Illinois Municipal Clerk’s Organization where she served as President and was presented with the President’s Award in 2000, 2012, and 2019 for her continued support of the education of other Municipal Clerks.
“I’m not only thankful for the experience of serving in this position, but it’s been my honor to work with such an amazing community,” Ball stated in a press release.
Over her three decades working for the city, she has seen a record-keeping transition from manual to digital. Ball said she’s proud of the work she has accomplished.
“That’s a pleasure to me when I know that we have met somebody’s needs, and however they use that document or those records, it’s up to them,” Ball said. “But it’s our job to get it for them. And I think we have served that purpose very well over the years.”
Clerk Ball claimed she will miss the people she has worked with.
“The other thing I will miss is walking into this beautiful, historic building every day,” Ball said. “I’ve never taken it for granted.”
Stephanie Tarr and Shawn Allen are candidates running to fill the position. Ball supports Tarr, her colleague of eight years. She believes Tarr has the experience necessary to do a good job.
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