Peoria County: Meet Your Peoria County Elected Officials
Meet the Elected Officials
The Circuit Clerk is an elected official with a four-year term. The Clerk is the keeper of both the seal of the circuit court and the court records, including files and exhibits. The Clerk's Office process criminal and juvenile delinquency cases, ordinance, conservation and traffic violation cases and civil cases. In addition, the Office summons citizens to jury duty, provides clerks for the courtrooms and collects fines, costs and fees.
Steve Sonnemaker served as the Peoria County Auditor for many years and was elected to the County Clerk's Office in Novermber of 2006. The County Clerk provides a variety of essential services: Sonnemaker serves as the Election Authority administering elections throughout Peoria County, processes and keeps public filings and vital records, and issues Marriage and other licenses. The County Clerk also prepares the real estate tax bills, collects all delinquent taxes and is keeper of the Board agenda and minutes.
The County Coroner is an elected official with a four-year term. The Coroner has the responsibility of investigating sudden, unusual and traumatic deaths. It is also the responsibility of the Coroner to assure the body is examined, identified, and if necessary, autopsied. In cases of unnatural or questionable death, the Coroner summons a jury and conducts an inquest to determine the manner of death.
The fifty-fifth Sheriff of Peoria County, Sheriff Michael D. McCoy is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and began his law enforcement career in Beardstown, Illinois. In 1985, he went to work in the private sector, serving as Corporate Director of Safety and Security for Fleming Packaging, a 200 million dollar per year Corporation with diverse interests in Illinois and across the United States. In 1994, Sheriff McCoy returned to the Peoria County Sheriff's Office as Chief Deputy Sheriff, and was sworn in as Sheriff on June 10, 2002.
Jerry Brady attended Spalding Institute and graduated from Bradley University in 1972. After graduation, he worked briefly before attending St. Louis University Law School where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence Law degree in 1981. During law school, he was an intern in the Peoria County State's Attorney's Office under State's Attorney Michael Mihm and was chairman of the Moot Court Program.
From 1982 until 1985, he was an Assistant State's Attorney. Beginning in 1985, he began private practice as a part-time public defender in the felony division and became associated with Kelly and Brady. During his 26 years in private practice, he has handled a general practice with concentration in both criminal and civil trial litigation.
The County Treasurer is an elected official with a four-year term. Tripp O'Connor was elected in 1998, and is serving his fourth four-year term as the Peoria County Treasurer. The duties of the Treasurer's office include receipt, management and disbursement of public funds, as well as collection, management and distribution of property taxes levied by various units of local government. The investment of county funds is administered by the Treasurer's office also.
Treasurer O'Connor replaced his father who served as Treasurer for twenty-eight years before retiring in 1998.
The Recorder's Office has the responsibility to record, scan, and microfilm for posterity legally executed documents such as deeds, mortgages, releases, contracts, liens, and plats, to name just a few. The office also records veterans' discharges from military service. In November 2014, Peoria County voters passed a referendum to transfer these responsibilities to the County Clerk's Office effective November 30, 2016, which also marks the end of the current elected term.
Beth Crider Derry was elected to a four-year term in 2014. She was an educator in the Peoria Public Schools for more than 17 years prior to coming to the Regional Office of Education. The Regional Superintendent serves all school districts in Peoria County by acting as liaison between the Illinois State Board of Education and the locally elected school boards. Other mandated duties of the office include: GED testing services, school bus driver safety, Health/Life Safety School Inspections for all school buildings in Peoria County, home school services, home/hospital tutoring services, fingerprinting, truancy services, homeless student services, teacher licensure, and educator professional development. In addition to these mandates, the Peoria Regional Office of Education also manages the Peoria Regional Learning Center located at Wildlife Prairie Park, the Illinois Virtual School, Project Upward Adult Tutoring Services, GED course instruction at the Peoria County jail, the Learning for Technology Center and three Preschool for All sites.
The County Auditor is an elected official, and serves a four-year term. This office performs an audit on all claims against the County, verifying accuracy of the claim and recommending payment or rejection of all invoices. The Auditor is responsible for a continuous, on-going internal audit of operations and financial records of the officers, agents, or divisions of the County. A life-long resident of the Peoria area and two-time Past President of the S-W Kiwanis Club of Peoria, IL, the incumbent is a retiree from the Peoria County Sheriff's Office.