SYCAMORE – The county’s appointed regional superintendent was sworn in Monday at the DeKalb County Courthouse.
Derek Avery was sworn in by Associate Judge William Brady, with Avery’s family members and DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder John Acardo present.
Avery, who was assistant superintendent for the regional office of education for the past year, took over for Gil Morrison, who retired and left the post effective Saturday.
The DeKalb County Board confirmed Avery’s appointment to the position at its June 20 meeting. He will be the appointed regional superintendent until the November election.
Avery said he was happy to fill the position and looks forward to the challenges ahead. After being sworn in Monday, he planned to head into the office and immediately begin his duties.
Additionally, DeKalb County Republicans last month caucused in Avery as their candidate for the position. Morrison had lobbied for Avery to become the county’s next regional superintendent, saying it would be a “seamless transition.”
Avery currently has no challenger, but county Democrats have until Aug. 29 to choose one.
DeKalb County Democrat Chairman Mark Pietrowski Jr. has said the party plans to caucus in a candidate, but has had difficulty finding someone. Pietrowski was not immediately reached Monday.
Among other things, regional superintendents make sure buildings are up to code, enforce truancy rules and check for testing obligations.