County commissioners approved Jacksonville alderwoman Jenny Geirnaeirt as the replacement for Gayla Hornbeek, who announced her retirement earlier this month.
Geirnaeirt has served as an alderwoman for six years and the legislative director for former state representative Jim Watson and his replacement, C.D. Davidsmeyer, for the last five, running the Jacksonville district office.
Geirnaeirt explains it’s a conflict of interest to hold the alderman and treasurer positions, meaning she’ll resign after tonight’s city council meeting. She says she was approached by the Morgan County GOP about the position, and the party subsequently recommended her.
“I’m very excited about it. I’m ready to work for the people of Morgan County. I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve worked in the city as an alderman, and I’m just looking forward to representing the county and the treasurer’s office, and to continue the good work Gayla has done for the last 16 years,” she says.
“Hopefully it’ll be a smooth transition and I can provide the same service as she has.”
Geirnaeirt describes the job she’s giving up as one that has kept her “crazy busy.”
“Working for state government is challenging, to say the least, but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve done there. I’ve enjoyed working for Representative Watson and Representative Davidsmeyer. I’ve learned a lot,” says Geirnaeirt.
“County and state government go hand-in-hand, and there’s a lot of challenges ahead for the state. So, I just look forward to taking some of that knowledge and working in the treasurer’s office.”
Geirnaeirt was running unopposed in the race for fourth ward in the consolidated election in April. She says Mayor Andy Ezard will appoint her replacement.
Also at this morning’s Morgan County Commissioner meeting, Justin Ring was appointed as the new commissioner for Road District 1.