SYCAMORE – DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder John Acardo will leave his elected role next month to work for Kishwaukee College in Malta, Acardo announced Wednesday.
Acardo, who recently announced plans to run for re-election, said he has accepted a job as the director of human resources at the community college in Malta. His last day as clerk and recorder will be Sept. 17.
Acardo's annual salary as the county clerk and recorder was $85,000; he'll earn $87,500 annually in his new role at Kishwaukee College, he said.
"It's the next natural step of progression for me in public service," Acardo said.
Before winning the clerk election in 2010, Acardo said he had previously worked as the human resources director at Hanover Township. There, he oversaw 75 employees and five municipal departments.
While he was there, he earned his master's of business administration with an emphasis in human resources from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Acardo, 30, said he used his background in human resources to help develop the staff in the clerk's office.
"My passion is the development of people, and this is the perfect fit for me," Acardo said.
With his resignation imminent, DeKalb County Board members are expected to declare the clerk position vacant at their Aug. 21 meeting. Then, board Chairman Jeff Metzger and Steve Kuhn, chairman of the DeKalb County Republican Party, will take applications for Acardo's successor.
Metzger said the successor will have some big shoes to fill, noting the different ways Acardo professionalized and digitized the clerk and recorder's office while saving taxpayer money.
"John is one of those people where if you have question, you'll sure have an answer the same day," Metzger said.
State law requires Acardo's replacement to be at least 18 years old and a member of the same political party that he was. Since Acardo is a Republican, his successor must also be a Republican.
Metzger is hoping for a successor to be named on Sept. 18.
"If we have to go longer to find the right person, we will," Metzger said, "but I'd definitely like to fill it by then."