Ogle County will have a new treasurer after the Nov. 6, 2018 General Election.
Treasurer John Coffman, of Polo, announced Tuesday that after eight years on the county board and five terms as county treasurer, he has decided not to seek re-election next year.
He endorsed the candidacy of his chief deputy Linda Beck, of Oregon, who announced Tuesday that she plans to run for treasurer in the March 20 Republican Primary.
“I’m delighted to say that my chief deputy, Linda Beck, is running to succeed me as treasurer,” Coffman said in a press release. “She has worked alongside me for the past 11 years and has been a key contributor to the success of the office. She has my strong endorsement, and I hope the voters of Ogle County will take the opportunity to get to know her. Once they do, I’m confident they’ll join me in supporting her in the March primary.”
Coffman has been Ogle County Treasurer & Collector since 2000 and served on the county board from 1992 to 2000.
“I am very proud of what I’ve accomplished during this time including implementing new technologies and using the resulting efficiencies to reduce staffing by approximately one-third since I first took office,” he said. “It’s now time for new leadership to come in and take it to the next level.”
Coffman also spent seven years on the board of the Illinois County Treasurer’s Association, serving as their president in 2015.
He received the Illinois Treasurer of the Year award that same year.
Coffman’s wife Lisa plans to retire in 2018 as well after a 35-year career with Northern Trust Bank in Chicago.
“We look forward to only having one job going forward - helping my parents run the family farm,” Coffman said.
He thanked the people who have helped and supported him.
“I would like to thank my family for their support, my staff for their hard work and dedication and, most importantly, the voters of Ogle County for their trust. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you for more than 25 years,” Coffman said.
Beck said, if she is elected, she plans to continue the practices implemented by Coffman.
“I plan to build upon the foundation of efficiency, fiscal responsibility and integrity established by current treasurer John Coffman to further advance the office,” she said.
Beck grew up and was educated in Rockford.
She has more than 25 years of accounting experience, having held management-level positions for several successful businesses before coming to the Ogle County Treasurer’s office.