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Grundy County Board member resigns

MORRIS – Republican Teryl Lundeen resigned last week from the Grundy County Board due to family, business and personal issues that were not made public.

“With deep regret I am resigning from the Grundy County Board effective immediately. I enjoyed serving my constituents in District 2 and working with each and every one of you on the County Board,” Lundeen wrote in her official resignation letter, sent June 20.

“Unfortunately due to family, business and personal reasons, I do not have the necessary time to devote to the County Board.”

Phone calls made Wednesday to Lundeen were not returned.

Lundeen was elected in 2012 to one of the six District 2 Grundy County Board seats and was not up for re-election until November 2016.

As a board member, Lundeen was involved in six county committees. She served as chairwoman of the Education Committee and vice chairwoman of the Community Relations Committee.

Her official resignation is slated for County Board approval at the next full board meeting, which is scheduled for July 8.

County Board Chairman Ron Severson, with direction from the County Board, retains the power to appoint a Republican replacement to Lundeen’s seat, State’s Attorney Jason Helland said.

“It was a Republican position, so it must be filled by a Republican,” Helland said.

Severson has 60 days to fill the position, but the appointee must be approved by the majority of the County Board, Helland said.

“The chairman can throw a name out there and the board could reject it,” Helland said.

Both the Republican and Democratic central committees were made aware of Lundeen’s resignation. Severson can accept, or reject, suggested candidates from the Republican committee as long as the replacement board member resides within District 2.

By law, Lundeen’s position must be included in the November general election since she completed less than half of her term.

This means her replacement will serve for a brief period of two or three months before facing an election.

“Since more than 28 months were left in her term, this position will be on the November ballot for re-election,” Helland said.

The winner of the November election will serve until the expiration of Lundeen’s term in 2016.

Due to the 60-day timeline, the board could have a replacement ready for approval in time for the July board meeting.

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