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Burlington Village Clerk Mary Ann Wilkison

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Updated: November 5, 2012 11:02AM

BURLINGTON — Longtime Village Clerk Mary Ann Wilkison announced that she will not be running for re-election this spring.

“I want the community to know that the village clerk position is up for election,” she said. “Election packets are available at village hall. I will continue to work here until May 1. I hope that we get good candidates for the position.”

She is retiring from her position after serving Burlington for 32 years.

“I can count on one hand how many meetings I’ve missed over the years,” she said.

Wilkison’s husband, Duane, is a village trustee. They have lived in Burlington since 1974. Their adult children are Mark Wilkison of Genoa and Katie Surjan of St. Charles.

Mary Ann became village clerk in April 1981. Everett Andersen, the village president at that time, asked her to take the position.

She has been in office during the terms of five village presidents: Andersen, Rod Berna, Pat Mueller, Mike Block, and Kathy Loos, the current village president. She also has known a number of trustees over the years.

“Everyone always had something to offer,” she said.

In addition to serving as village clerk, Wilkison has served as collector, office and human resources manager, and administrator for water billing, building permits, economic development, and grants.

She is a member of the Municipal Clerks of Illinois, the Northwestern Illinois Municipal Clerks, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Kane County Mitigation Committee, and Kane County Economic Development Professionals.

She said it was hard to make the decision to retire.

“The village has always come first for so long,” she said. “I feel like the board is my extended family. I always hoped I would know when the time was right to retire. After being gravely ill last year and recovering, I was accidentally thrown from a boat recently while in the Hayward (Wisconsin) area. My decision was made. I can’t count on having nine lives.”

Wilkison is a painter who has sold her work for the past 25 years. She is involved with several art leagues and painting associations. One of her paintings hangs in the village hall.

“I love working with pastels and oils,” she said. “I plan on painting more once I retire.”

On the same day Wilkison announced that she would retire in 2013, village Treasurer Eric Bahe quit his position. Sally Eickhorst, who works for Krueger & Associates in Hampshire which handles village finances, will now serve as the village treasurer.

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