WATSEKA — Rod Copas of rural Onarga said he was not surprised that some Iroquois County Board members voted in favor of someone other than him serving as the board's new chairman.
Monday's 13-7 vote — split between Copas and Dale Schultz of Clifton — was just one example of the long-standing division between conservatives and liberals on the now-20-member board, Copas said.
"The board's been split for years," said Copas, who edged Schultz as the replacement for retiring Chairman Ron Schroeder of St. Anne. "The split's not near as bad as it was (before the board was reduced from 25 to 20 members, effective Dec. 1). But hopefully we can resolve some of that (division). There's a conservative side, and there's a liberal side, so that's really what it's boiling down to."
The Copas, appointed to a two-year term as chairman during Monday's biannual reorganizational meeting, said he wants the board to work together to accomplish common goals, particularly those surrounding the county's finances.
Also Monday, Kyle Anderson of Beaverville was appointed vice chairman of the board, replacing retiring board member John Wilkening of Cissna Park. Anderson was the only board member nominated and received 19 votes, with one board member voting present.