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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Restore DeKalb clerk's office to full-time, elected position

To the Editor:

Your editorial of July 27 regarding the problem with the city clerk position describes the situation correctly, but your conclusion that the position needs to be eliminated is the wrong one, and you do not examine the root cause.

The clerk position became part-time because voters were offered the non-choice of a full-time clerk, appointed by – and thus under the control of – the Mayor and City Council, or an elected, part-time clerk, with most of the duties and powers shunted off to a full-time Deputy Clerk, appointed by – and thus under the control of – the Mayor and Council.

At the time, I related this to the full-time, elected clerk of another city in Illinois. She was flabbergasted at the blatant power grab, explained the necessity for an independent clerk, and predicted that either choice would be disastrous; time has proven her correct. Based on the information available to us, it appears that Ms. Fazekas is under fire simply for doing her job. The only solution is to restore the clerk's office to its proper full-time elected status.

Peter Gerlach

DeKalb

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