DIAMOND – Diamond residents wanting to be more involved in their local government can apply to be a village commissioner.
Carla Youngquist held the position for the past six years, but resigned from the Diamond Village Board of Commissioners last week because she is moving. Her last meeting was Tuesday, and Diamond Mayor Terry Kernc said the village has 30 days to appoint a new commissioner.
“We are looking for someone who resides in the community who would like to bring some of their knowledge to the Village Board,” Kernc said Thursday. “We’re hoping to get someone with an accounting background or some background that would apply to the position.”
Youngquist was the finance commissioner, which oversees much of the village’s financial operations. According to Kernc, the commissioner works on the budget and reviews the monthly bills and treasurer’s report to make sure there are no inconsistencies in village spending.
Youngquist had a background in banking and real estate before taking the position, but said Kernc and other village employees were instrumental in preparing her for the position.
“The mayor helps you along so much that even if you don’t have a background in banking or finance, you can make it through,” Youngquist said. “It’s really just a great way to get involved with your community.”
It is a part-time position and compensated at $75 a meeting.
“We absolutely would love if somebody wanted to get more involved,” Kernc said. “You can do the minimum, or if you would like to be more involved, there is room to grow.”
Whomever is appointed as commissioner will fill the role until the general election this November. Since finance commissioner is an elected position, the appointee would need to run on the November ballot.
“We have four-year terms,” Kernc said. “So they would hold the position for four years once elected.”
Anyone interested in applying for the position can deliver their resume to Kernc at Diamond Village Hall, 1750 E. Division St. Kernc said if multiple applications are received, the board will go through an interview process before making a decision.
Youngquist is moving to neighboring Wilmington and said she will still attend Diamond meetings whenever she can to stay informed.
“I’m still going to come in and visit to see what’s happening in good ol’ Diamond,” she said. “I wish the next finance commissioner good luck.”