Joe Wolfe's on-again, off-again membership on the Tazewell County Board soon will be off again, apparently. But in a few months, it might be on again.
Wolfe's resignation from the board is to become official next week, pending members' acceptance during their regular September meeting. The Democrat from Pekin is departing to pursue a county job opening.
Mike Strauman, the county facilities director, is retiring in November. Board members cannot apply for county job openings nor work for the county, according to David Zimmerman, the board chairman.
But Wolfe also is unopposed on the November election ballot for a board seat from District 1, which includes most of Pekin.
"If he gets the job, he'll resign (again)," Zimmerman said. "If he doesn't, he'll be back on the board starting Dec. 1. It is unusual, a little unconventional."
Wolfe is facilities manager for the Deer Creek-Mackinaw school district.
In Tazewell County, the facilities director oversees all county-owned buildings and is responsible for their maintenance. Zimmerman said he wasn't sure how many people have applied for the job.
Wolfe's application necessitates the exclusion of County Administrator Wendy Ferrill from the hiring committee, according to Zimmerman.
The board's acceptance of Wolfe's resignation would begin a 60-day period during which a replacement must be appointed. Because of board meeting schedules in November, it's possible about a week might separate that 60-day window from the Dec. 1 start of the new board terms.
Zimmerman plans to consult with State's Attorney Stewart Umholtz about whether it's OK to leave the board seat vacant for that period.
If Wolfe is picked for the county job, another Democrat will need to be appointed to fill his board term that begins in December.
This is Wolfe's second board stint. He was appointed in 2014 to fill a vacancy left by the death of his father-in-law, Terry Von Boeckman. Later that year, Wolfe won election to fill the remaining two years of Von Boeckman's term.
In November 2016, Wolfe ran for a full four-year term and finished fifth in a four-seat race. But in August 2017, Wolfe returned to the board when he was appointed to fill the seat of fellow Democrat Darrell "Dude" Meisinger, who retired.
Meisinger was among the candidates who finished ahead of Wolfe in the 2016 District 1 election. The district consists of Cincinnati, Delavan, Malone, Pekin, Sand Prairie and Spring Lake townships.
Wolfe's departure will bring the number of vacancies on the 21-member board to three. Jim Donahue and Mike Godar resigned last month.
Zimmerman said he intends to have replacements for Donahue and Godar ready for board consideration in October. Like Donahue and Godar, the appointees must be Republicans.