After serving in the office for 12 years, Montgomery County Circuit Clerk Holly Lemons has resigned her position, effective at the end of the day on Friday, Nov. 5.
“Words cannot express how much this position and this opportunity has meant to me and my family,” Lemons said. “I hope that I have served you well. It has truly been my honor and pleasure.”
She will begin a new position the following Monday as the learning and development manager for the Illinois Judicial College with the administrative office of Illinois Courts. She will work out of an office in Springfield, but the job will often require her to be in Chicago.
“I’ve been a part of the college since its inception,” she said of her new position.
Before her appointment and subsequent election as circuit clerk, Lemons worked as a probation officer in Montgomery County for three years.
Once she began the job as circuit clerk, she began changing one of the most paper-intensive offices in county government to a digital format.
“We’re pretty much a paperless court system now,” Lemons said. “We’re one of the leading counties in the state in electronic court.”
Because of that, while other counties suffered tremendous docket backlogs caused by the pandemic, Montgomery County’s transition to virtual court hearings was much easier.
According to Illinois statute, Montgomery County Board Chairman Evan Young must notify the chairs of both political parties in the county of the vacancy in the elected office. He then has 60 days to fill the vacancy, with the consent of the county board, with a nominee of the same political party as Lemons, a Republican.
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