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Village Clerk Referendum Question

April 4th, 2017 - Clerk Referendum Ballot Question

Frequently Asked Questions

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 Background
A referendum question will be included on the April 4th, 2017 ballot asking voters of Woodridge to vote whether the Village Clerk shall be an appointed or an elected position.

The Village Clerk is currently an elected position responsible for the day to day activities of the Office of the Village Clerk which are managed and carried out by Village staff. The more public aspects of the position include calling the roll during public meetings, overseeing the local election process, signing Village agreements, and administering Oaths of Office for Village officials. The Village Clerk does not vote during board meetings and is not a policy making member of the Village Board.
 
Voting Yes or No?

What Does it Mean if I Vote Yes?
Voting yes to the referendum question indicates your preference for the Village Clerk to be appointed by the Mayor with the concurrence of the Board. The appointed Village Clerk would be a current Village staff member that has the technical training to carry out the duties of Village Clerk, and the appointment would be made in May 2017.

What Does it Mean if I Vote No?
Voting no would indicate your preference for the position to be elected. In this case, a successfully elected candidate for the office of Village Clerk would take office in May 2017.

Appointed vs. Elected

What Would Happen if the Village Clerk were to Become an Appointed Position?
The work currently conducted by the Village Clerk will be reassigned to an existing Village staff member. This is not dissimilar from other communities that have assigned the duties of an appointed Village Clerk to an Administration Department staff member. In Woodridge's case, these responsibilities would fall to the Deputy Village Clerk who has been carrying out the day-to-day duties of the Clerk's Office for the past several years.

What Would Happen if the Village Clerk were to Remain an Elected Position?
An elected Village Clerk would continue to be responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Office of the Village Clerk, which are carried out by Village Staff. The position responsibilities would continue to include calling the roll during public meetings, overseeing the local election process, signing Village agreements, and administering Oaths of Office for Village officials.

Currently, the requirements for someone to become an elected Village Clerk include being a Woodridge resident, filing a petition packet to appear on the ballot, and receiving the majority vote. There is no requirement for relevant expertise.

What are the Benefits to Changing the Village Clerk to an Appointed Position?
The Village would be able to consider individuals for the position based on qualifications and abilities, in the same way other staff members are evaluated for a position. Often, an elected Village Clerk will have to be trained and briefed on the roles and responsibilities of the position.

Why does that matter?
The digitization of records has increased the demand for technical capacity and understanding, including the knowledge of software systems that maintain records.

What are the Benefits to Keeping the Village Clerk an Elected position?
An elected Clerk may be presumed to be more service oriented and responsive to the demands of residents as they are subject to losing their office every four years. In this case, residents are afforded a more direct say in the selection of an individual to carry out the duties of the Village Clerk’s Office.

Residents may also have the opportunity to better know the individual running for the office of Village Clerk, as that individual will need to collect petition signatures every four years to be included on the ballot. This often includes going door-to-door or soliciting for signatures at various locations throughout the community.

Other Information

Do Other Communities Have Appointed Clerks?
Examples of other DuPage communities that have appointed Village Clerks include Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Naperville, and Wheaton.