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Misty Haji-Sheikh resigns from DeKalb County Board

Board member and her husband moving to live closer to family, letter says

DeKalb County Board member Misty Haji-Sheikh sits in attendance during a meeting in November 2017 in  the DeKalb County Legislative Center Gathertorium in Sycamore.
DeKalb County Board member Misty Haji-Sheikh sits in attendance during a meeting in November 2017 in the DeKalb County Legislative Center Gathertorium in Sycamore.

SYCAMORE – Outgoing DeKalb County Board member Misty Haji-Sheikh wants to be closer to her children ... and places she can search for dinosaur bones.

“Moving out to Nevada will put me closer to dinosaurs,” she said. “I’ll be like eight hours from some dig sites.”

She and her husband, Michael Haji-Sheikh, will move to Mount Charleston, just outside Las Vegas. It’s an unincorporated community, up in the mountains.

“It’s gorgeous,” Misty Haji-Sheikh said.

Her letter of resignation was read at Wednesday night’s board meeting. She wasn’t at the meeting, and her absence, she said, is more or less unprecedented. They’d been out at their new home, working with movers to help with the process, she said.

“It might be a first time I’ve missed that meeting,” she said. “I’d have to be at a conference or something to miss a meeting.”

Haji-Sheikh’s husband, Michael, retired in January, but they’d already planned back in September to buy a summer home. Once Michael decides to retire?

“One thing led to another,” she said.

Misty Haji-Sheikh plays steel drums in the NIU steel band, and she also plays in the NIUkelele ensemble,
so she’s got three gigs before she attends her final County Board meeting
May 15.

Haji-Sheikh said in the letter it’s been a joy to serve on the board and represent District 7, which covers part of the north side of DeKalb, the past six years.

“While we don’t always vote the same way, and sometimes we don’t agree how to accomplish something, however we all work together for the citizens of DeKalb County,” she wrote. “It is a wonderful and somewhat rare thing. I can’t say that about many other governmental bodies. I wish to thank each and every one that I have served with.”

She said she’s not sure whether she’ll continue politics in her new home. Although her latest passion, paleontology, is at the fore, she welcomes what’s next.

“Who knows what will find me when I get out there,” she said.

Haji-Sheikh pointed out in the letter sh’s served in many roles, including as a member of the Finance Committee, chairman the Health and Human Services Committee, and vice chairman of Economic Development, as well as six years on the Forest Preserve Committee.

“These have been wonderful experiences,” she wrote. “Thanks to all of you who put your trust in me.”

She was one of four candidates in the spring 2017 mayoral election in DeKalb, which was won by Jerry Smith.

Haji-Sheikh ran as a Democrat, so the county’s Democratic committee will make a recommendation on who should be appointed to finish her term, which runs through November 2020.

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