Hurd sworn-in as new City Clerk

Marlo Guetersloh

The Chillicothe City Council approved Margaret Hurd's appointment as Chillicothe city clerk. 

Hurd is the third city clerk for Chillicothe in 91 years. 

Mayor Doug Crew nominatee Margaret Hurd as the next Chillicothe city clerk. 

Hurd will fill the remaining three years left on former clerk Sharon Crabel’s term. 

Crew said he proposed Hurd’s appointment because of her interest in the position, her business sense and her desire to continue her public service.

Hurd is co-owner of Weber-Hurd Funeral Homes and is finishing her term on the city’s zoning board. 

“She expressed some interest in the job some time ago, so that tells me she has a desire to serve the public,” Crew said. “She is a good fit to fill the remaining term and then she will have to decide if she wants to run for election.”

Also at the council meeting, Crew said the council may consider a few changes to the clerk’s position.

“As clerk, she is the city’s record keeper and that is a very important job,” Crew said. “But when a position comes open, it’s always good to take a look at it and ask are there some changes we can make so we can do things better.”

The clerk’s position is part-time. 

Crew said he had received interest from several residents in filling the position.

Crew was also expected to make appointments to the city’s boards and commissions. 

He said Hurd will not be appointed to the zoning board this time around because of the proposed appointment to the clerk’s position.

In unrelated action Monday, the council was expected to consider ordinances regarding downtown parking and dangerous animals.

Crew said the city’s public safety committee 

has been working to update the city’s rules on dangerous animals since the city received complaints earlier this year about dog attacks. 

“Aldermen have been researching this issue after some complaints,” Crew said. “The Council wants to make sure the city’s ordinances are as up-to-date as possible and are in line with Peoria County (Animal Control).”