TOWN OF LINN — Amidst a staff restructuring that will split the Linn town clerk and treasurer jobs into two separate roles, three candidates have stepped forward to seek the reconfigured clerk position.
In the town’s Feb. 19 primary election, candidates Rose Miller, Alyson Morris and Charles Roan will appear on the ballot for town clerk.
The primary will narrow the field to two candidates, who will then face off in the April 2 election.
Since 1991, clerk duties in the town have been fulfilled by clerk/treasurer Sue Polyock, who has decided not to run for re-election this year.
Each of the candidates in the primary race is focusing on their background and a perspective that they offer to bring to the clerk job.
Miller, a town of Linn resident for about 30 years, currently works as a real estate broker with Shorewest in Lake Geneva.
Miller has five years experience as the village clerk in Hebron, Illinois. She ran for clerk/treasurer in Linn in 2013 and lost to Polyock, but she is optimistic about her second run.
Miller said she values transparency in government, and she would prioritize keeping citizens informed about their town’s operations.
She believes her work in Hebron and her real estate experience would both help her excel at the job if she wins.
Miller also appreciates the town’s recent staff restructuring, including the decision to make the clerk job full-time.
“I think that with somebody new coming in after Sue’s been there for so long, there’s going to be a lot of adjustment, and that’s going to need more time,” she said.
Morris was born and raised in the Lake Geneva area, graduating from Badger High School, and she has resided in Linn for the past three years.
Morris holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with concentration in law and a minor in criminal justice.
She has spent four years working as a bank teller, and she also has experience as a store manager.
“I have experience working with federal regulations, safety regulations, computers, filing and management,” she said.
Morris is running for clerk hoping to bring fresh ideas to government, and to improve community relations between the local government and its citizens.
“People can show many different skills in life, but what whey do with those skills is what matters the most,” she said.
Roan spent the bulk of his career piloting planes for commercial airlines between 1999 and 2008, and then he performed work as a registered nurse.
Roan spent his early years in Linn before traveling for education at schools in Delavan, Madison and Indiana. Roan later returned to Linn and now acts as a caretaker for his mother, Doris.
With a wide scope of education, Roan holds degrees in nursing, clinical lab science, pharmaceutical science and journalism.
“A lot of what I’ve done, from journalism through aviation through nursing, a lot of that’s documenting stuff, and a lot of what a clerk does is documentation,” he said.
Roan hopes to bring his experiences to the clerk job to serve the community of his childhood.
“If there’s anything new that I haven’t seen, I can learn it,” he said.