SYCAMORE – Christine Johnson is happy to see black ink again.
After a two-year hiatus from the DeKalb County Treasurer’s Office, Johnson officially returned to her old position Monday when she was sworn into office by Judge Bill Brady at the DeKalb County Courthouse.
Johnson, who previously served in the position from 1994 to 2011, said she was excited to rejoin DeKalb County government after her experience as a state senator in Springfield, where budget management failed to meet the standards to which she was accustomed in DeKalb County.
“DeKalb County government is unique in Illinois,” Johnson told a crowd of county officials at the ceremony. “We pay our bills on time, and we prepare our budget with black ink instead of red ink.”
Johnson’s return was not only celebrated by DeKalb County officials but also by other county treasurers as well. Curtis Newport, Boone County treasurer, said Johnson played an integral role in his career when he took office five years ago.
Newport said Johnson took the time to meet with him and pass on some of the knowledge she gained during her 17-year career.
“It’s absolutely invaluable to have people like her among us,” Newport said. “She has been a tremendous asset to all treasurers in the state.”
The Shabbona Republican was selected by her party to replace former Treasurer Mark Todd after he announced his resignation in December. The 59-year-old said her first goals are to work through the annual audit process and begin the senior tax deferral program.