Cynthia Plouche, Moraine Township assessor for the past 4 1/2 years, has resigned from the office effective June 11 citing personal reasons.
Plouche, who ran unopposed for a second four-year term in April 2017, submitted her resignation at the Moraine Township Board of Trustees meeting May 10.
"My corporate board responsibilities and volunteer work outside of Moraine Township have become more significant in the last year," explained Plouche in an email. "I can no longer give as much time to the role of Assessor, and I feel it's best if I help transition that work to someone who can give the role the time it deserves."
The township is accepting applications for the $74,000-a-year job from candidates who hold the credential of Certified Illinois Assessing Officer from the Illinois Property Assessment Institute. Under Illinois law, a vacancy in the office of township assessor must be filled by a candidate of the same political party as the person leaving the office, which in this case means the appointee must be a Democrat.
The applicant's party affiliation is determined by his or her record of voting in party primary elections, or by holding or having held an office within the organization of the political party. The candidate also must reside in Moraine Township.
"We are trying to circulate information broadly so that all qualified applicants know of the vacancy," said Township Supervisor Anne Bassi Monday. She said no one has yet applied.
The township is accepting applications through the close of business June 8 and the Moraine Township Board of Trustees will schedule interviews with qualified candidates.
The appointed candidate will serve through the next township election in April of 2021. The Moraine Township assessor's office also is staffed by three full-time deputy assessors and one part-time deputy assessor, all of whom hold the credential of Certified Illinois Assessing Officer.
The township assessor is assigned to fairly and uniformly apportion the property tax burden among property owners in the township based on market values. The next general reassessment is in 2019.
Highland Park resident Annette Lidawer confirmed Tuesday she has completed the required courses to hold the position, but said she is still contemplating whether to apply for the appointment. Lidawer, a licensed attorney who is not currently practicing law, served on the Township High School District 113 school board from 2009 to 2017 and was the board's president from 2015 to 2017.
Lidawer said the township assessor's job is very complex and demanding and serves an important role in the community.
"Cynthia has done a phenomenal job of opening it up so people can appeal and understand the process better," said Lidawer. "I would only want to make it even more user friendly."
Lidawer said she would want to make sure she had the time and attention to devote to the job.
Plouche, a Harvard University graduate with an MBA in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, had worked as an investment manager before leaving that career with an eye on pursuing public service.
She was first elected to the assessor's position in April of 2013 as part of a slate of Democratic township candidates that ran unopposed. Her first term began the following January because state law sets a Jan. 1 start date to township assessor's terms. She is a former member of the North Shore School District 112 Board of Education.