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Peoria County: Meet Your Peoria County Elected Officials

Meet the Elected Officials

Picture of Robert Spears, Circuit Clerk

Robert Spears, Circuit Clerk

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.

Picture of R. Steve Sonnemaker, County Clerk

R. Steve Sonnemaker, County Clerk

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.

Johnna Ingersoll, County Coroner

Johnna Ingersoll, County Coroner

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.

Picture of Sheriff Michael D. McCoy

Sheriff Michael D. McCoy

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.

Picture of Jerry Brady, Peoria County State's Attorney

Jerry Brady, Peoria County State's Attorney

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.

Picture of Edward 'Trip' O'Connor, County Treasurer

Edward "Tripp" O'Connor, County Treasurer

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.

Picture of Nancy Horton, Recorder of Deeds

Nancy Horton, Recorder of Deeds

The Recorder of Deeds is an elected official and serves a four year term. 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 the service.
Nancy K. Horton was appointed as Recorder of Deeds on March 12, 2010, to fill the late Brad Horton's unexpired term. Ms. Horton recently served on the Board of Directors for the Certified Illinois Assessing Officials' Association and the Illinois Assessors Association, was past president of the Parent Teachers Association, and has over 27 years experience in both real estate and appraisal. Ms. Horton has also served as Chair of the Peoria County Board of Review.

Picture of Carol VanWinkle, County Auditor

Carol VanWinkle, County Auditor

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.

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