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Ali to appoint 'placeholder' to Peoria city treasurer vacancy after Stephen Morris resigns

Tim Shelley

Peoria city treasurer Stephen Morris is stepping aside after three years on the job.

Last Wednesday, Morris told Mayor Rita Ali in an email he was resigning "due to personal and professional committments."

Morris, an attorney and former chairman of the Peoria County Republican Party, was elected in 2021. He succeeded Patrick Nichting.

The office currently employs deputy treasurer Kayla Casey and three other employees. Casey is ineligible to fill the elected treasurer's role because she doesn't live in the city of Peoria.

The mayor has the power to make an appointment to the vacancy for the remainder of Morris' four year term, subject to city council approval.

Ali said Tuesday she plans to appoint a placeholder to lead the city treasurer's office until the next election.

"This would be an individual that is not interested in running for the office. I will prefer not to provide any unfair advantage by doing so," she said.

Ali said she will return to the council with a process for soliciting potential candidates for the appointment.

"I want it to be a very open and transparent process," she said.

Morris said in the email he is committed to ensuring a smooth transition.

Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.