Ratcliff becomes new Chillicothe Township supervisor

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin
Chillicothe Township Clerk Sharon Crabel, right, administers the oath of office to Mike Ratcliff Sept. 30 as he becomes the Chillicothe Township supervisor. He is filling the unexpired term of Karen Moewe as she is moving out of state.

Chillicothe Township Clerk Sharon Crabel swore in Philip Michael “Mike” Ratcliff as Chillicothe Township’s new supervisor in a ceremony Sept. 30 at the Township office.

Ratcliff will fulfill the unexpired term of Karen Miller Moewe, who had announced two months ago to the Chillicothe Township Board of Trustees that she would be stepping down. Moewe told the board her husband had accepted a job out of state and she would remain in the Township long enough to sell their home, then join him in Knoxville, Tenn.

Ratcliff, 53, is a native Chillicothean and lifelong resident. He is a 1978 graduate of Illinois Valley Central High School and started a career at Central Illinois Light Company in 1981. He began as an operations dispatcher while attending Illinois Central College.

In his 23-year career with the company, he worked in various capacities in operations, electric engineering, sales and marketing, before ultimately becoming the vice-president of customer services where he oversaw a $25 million operating budget.

Upon Ameren’s acquisition of CILCO, Ratcliff helped open a Peoria office for BlueStar Energy in 2004. BlueStar grew to be one of the largest retail energy providers in the state. He left there in 2007, when the business consolidated to an office in Chicago.

Since then, Ratcliff has been semi-retired and volunteering his time at various organizations while attending his son’s football games in Nebraska and surrounding states and supporting his daughter’s volleyball efforts on both club and IVC teams.

“I’m so happy Mike agreed to take this position,” said Moewe, adding, “His vast professional and volunteer experience, coupled with his love for Chillicothe, makes him the perfect person for the job.”

Ratcliff served 10 years on the Board of Directors for the Home Builders Association of Greater Peoria. He served on the Board of Directors for the Central Illinois Electrical League, attaining the position of vice-president. He was awarded the Harms award for his leadership and service to the board. Ratcliff was named a Peoria area InterBusiness Issues “40 Leaders Under Forty” award winner in 1997.

Ratcliff has volunteered and served the Chillicothe Summer Youth Activities, Pearce Community Center and JFL of Central Illinois over the years. He can often be seen with a camera at area sporting events. He served or is a member of IVC Friends of Baseball Committee, the IVC Athletic Boosters and Arrowhead Country Club.

Ratcliff is married to Dena and has three children, Brandon, 24; Brooke, 18; and Bryce, 7.