PRINCETON — After 22 years as Bureau County Clerk and Recorder, Kami Hieronymus has decided to not seek re-election in 2018.
“I feel it is time for the next young person to lead this office into the future. I was 23 years old when I started working for Tom Velon in the county clerk’s office,” she stated in a press release.
Through Velon’s leading, Hieronymus learned various aspects of the job and started working in the election department in 1989. After Velon’s retirement in June of 1996, Hieronymus was appointed as clerk then ran for election in November of 1996. Hieronymus has since been re-elected to five terms as county clerk.
“I am sincerely grateful to the citizens of Bureau County for their faith in me to be in the office of county clerk and recorder. I have enjoyed working for the people of Bureau County and have had the best co-workers over the 30 years in the courthouse,” she said in the press release.
There are a lot of responsibilities for the county clerk and, without a doubt, they cannot be accomplished alone. Hieronymus credits her staff that has helped her with all the jobs in the county clerk’s office.
“I have been blessed to have such a wonderful staff to help me within the office. We have all worked together to complete many important duties, possibly none more important than election day voting,” she said. “It takes everyone, including family members, to run efficient elections. Staff members have worked together like a family putting in extra hours and weekend times to prepare for election days. Employees and their families have helped throughout the election day to finalize the end result of counting the votes. Our family has always been involved in the election process,” the press release stated.
“This is why we are very excited to have one of our own office family members run for the office of county clerk. Deputy Clerk Christina Eggers’ husband Matt Eggers has decided to run for election in 2018. Matt is ready to step into the office as county clerk and will continue to provide the same quality service citizens have come to expect. We absolutely look forward to having Matt be the next County Clerk of Bureau County,” she said in the press release.