Term of Office, Four Years

This CEO will be a self-starter who is conscientious and possesses a keen eye for detail. Ability to work with others a must.

The township supervisor serves as chief executive officer of the township. The supervisor’s duties and responsibilities include serving as chairman of the township board of trustees, supervisor of the general assistance program and treasurer of all town funds including general assistance, cemetery funds, water system funds and road and bridge funds.

Upon taking office, the township supervisor must post a surety bond equal to the maximum amount of the funds in custody at any given time. If the supervisor posts a personal bond it must be double the amount provided by a surety company. The highway commissioner may order an increase in the treasurer’s bond for road funds. A copy of the road funds bond must be filed with the county clerk.

Unlike a mayor or village board president, the supervisor may vote on all matters before the town board. Generally speaking, other chief executive government officers may vote only to break a tie. In this regard the supervisor serves as a trustee and may make or second motions, participate in all legislative discussion and should exercise voting power on all issues before the board.

The supervisor maintains sole jurisdiction over the general assistance office and may employ necessary workers without prior approval of the township board of trustees. Salaries for the workers must be appropriated by ordinance from the general assistance budget.

In administering the township general assistance programs, the supervisor adheres to standards approved by the Illinois Department of Human Services.