December 16, 2016

Possible Consolidation for DuPage County Departments

The DuPage County Election Commission and the County Clerk’s Office could soon become one.

A proposal was announced by DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin to merge the two offices in order to offer reductions in cost and increased customer service.

Under the proposed consolidation, the Election Commission would become part of the Clerk’s office.  A new five-member board of Election Commissioners would be created with two Democrats and two Republicans serving alongside the Chairman of the Board, County Clerk Paul Hinds.

The Election Committee would regularly hold public meetings, receive public comment and set county-wide election policy.

“A good policy should be accepted by both parties, so I think if there’s something new that I come up with or something new that the board comes up with I think we can sell that to the public and to the board saying that this is good policy,” said DuPage County Clerk Paul Hinds.

The proposed consolidation comes as part of Cronin’s DuPage ‘Accountability, Consolidation and Transparency Initiative’ which began in 2012.

“I’m confident that you will see an improvement both in terms of the performance and administration of the election and you will see cost savings,” said DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin.

The proposal is available for viewing on the county’s website and a public hearing will also be held on January 10.

Legislation will be introduced in February for consideration by the State in the spring.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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