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DeKalb city clerk resigns

DeKALB – No one, it seems, wants to serve as DeKalb’s city clerk.

Just weeks after being appointed city clerk, Suzanne Pupino resigned from the position.

“Suzanne entered the clerk role at a busy time of the year. In her first week on the job, we held three council meetings,” Mayor John Rey said in a news release. “In addition to the regular council meeting of May 11 we held several meetings jointly with Finance Advisory Committee reviewing the Fiscal Year 2016 budget.” 

Rey appointed Pupino to the position after Stephanie Simons, who filed to run as a write-in candidate for the position in the April election, withdrew from the race. Simons bowed out shortly before the April 7 election, leaving no time to remove the write-in option from the ballot. So, although she had withdrawn, Simons was elected.

Pupino, a retired, 37-year resident of DeKalb, didn’t like the gig.

“Once placed in the role of city clerk, I realized that I preferred not to devote the time required to do the job effectively,” Pupino said in a news release. “The city staff conducted tutorials and provided support to ease the transition into the role, but I realize my passion is to continue serving the hospice clients whom I have grown to enjoy.”  

Pupino retired three years ago from her role as administrative assistant at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center and has continued to volunteer at the Kishwaukee Health Systems Hospice.

City staff members will take over the duties of the clerk until a person is appointed for the remainder of the term until the next local election in 2017, according to the news release.

A referendum to make the clerk an appointed, rather than elected position, failed in November 2012. Instead, City Council members reduced the pay for the position to $5,000 a year and limited the duties only to those required by law – maintaining the official city seal, overseeing minutes of City Council meetings, recording minutes of closed council meetings and signing documents recording actions of the City Council.

Former Clerk Liz Peerboom’s resignation in September 2014 left the position vacant until January, when Marcia Sweigert was appointed to fill the position on an interim basis.

The mayor is in the process of coming up with a plan to fill the position, according to the news release.

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