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Madison County Board members (from left) David W. Michael of Highland, Philip W. Chapman of Highland, Donald A. Moore of Troy and Judy Kuhn of Trenton take the oath of office at a special County Board meeting Monday.
EDWARDSVILLE – The Madison County Board on Monday appointed an interim treasurer but delayed committee assignments and administrative personnel appointments after board members asked for more time to review proposed appointees' qualifications.
Candance Gilstrap, who has worked in the Treasurer's Office for five years as a deputy treasurer and accounting manager, took the oath of office to serve as interim treasurer until the County Board appoints a permanent replacement for former Treasurer Kurt Prenzler, who was sworn in Monday as County Board chairman.
“I've been doing the job,” Gilstrap said in an interview after the meeting. “I'm not changing anything; I'm just going to keep right on doing what I've been doing.”
Much of the meeting's agenda was tabled after board members said they hadn't received the agenda, which was posted on the county's website and at the administration building at least 48 hours before the meeting, as required by state law.
“I just want to make sure we're doing the right thing,” Arthur Asadorian, a Granite City Democrat, said.
Others said they wanted more time to review the list of administrative appointments.
“I think we definitely need background information on some of these appointments and make sure they're qualified for these positions,” said board member Michael Charles Parkinson, a newly elected Granite City Democrat.
Former County Board member Stephen J. Adler of Godfrey, the proposed director of administration, assured the board the appointees have been scrutinized for their qualifications and background. Once they are offered a position, they will undergo a formal background check procedure.
The appointees will be on the agenda of the regular board meeting Wednesday, Dec. 21. The board set a special meeting for 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, to approve committee assignments.
Adler presided over the meeting instead of Prenzler. After the meeting Adler, a 12-year County Board member and Prenzler's political ally, said he chaired the meeting because of his familiarity with the board's procedures.
“I was just helping out,” Adler said.
Other appointments include:
Douglas Hulme, county administrator: Hulme has served as chief deputy treasurer since 2014. He is a 1996 graduate of Edwardsville High School and earned a bachelor of science and master of business administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Kristen Poshard, community development director: Poshard previously served under 19 county boards in workforce and community development, grant-writing and housing rehabilitation.
Michael Firsching, head of the Animal Control Department: Firsching, a 1974 graduate of Edwardsville High School, graduated with a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Illinois.
Christopher K. Doucleff, director of facilities management: Doucleff, of Alton, has worked for 25 years as a certified residential appraiser and business owner. He worked as an assistant general manager at Emerald Brick Corp. before working at Doucleff Appraisal Co.
Harold Lee Wathan Jr., employment and training director: Wathan, a national sales director for Primerica Financial Services, has recruited and trained people to start part-time careers in the financial services industry for more than three decades.
Rob Dorman, director of information and technology: Dorman worked as an information technology manager for DB Schenker, including work for Procter & Gamble. He has a master of business administration degree and has worked in the industry for approximately 25 years.
Department heads on the list to be reappointed include Larry Ringering in the Emergency Management Agency, Toni Corona in the Health Department and Annette Schoeberle in the Safety and Risk Management Department.