Camille Rodriguez was chosen to be the next McClean County administrator and will be the first female to hold the position.
Rodriguez is also the first person of color to assume the position.
On a unanimous 15-0 vote, the McClean County Board voted in favor of Camille Rodriguez over two other candidates for the position.
Those candidates being Crystal Lake Director of Finance and Treasurer George Koczwara and McLean County Administrative Services Director Eric Schmitt.
Earlier in the month, each candidate interviewed with the County Executive Committee.
Board member George Wendt abstained and declined to comment on that decision after the meeting.
The County Board approved a five-year contract for Rodriguez. She will receive an annual base salary of $130,000 plus an additional $323 per pay period in pension contributions and other benefits.
Rodriguez told WGLT that she feels confident that she’s up to the job and that her family has her back.
“It obviously has significance to my three daughters. They are very proud that their mother has become the first woman to hold this position,” Rodriguez said.
“I feel like McLean County in and of itself has a strong history of hiring the right client for the job.”
She will take her new position on June 1 when the current County Administrator of eight years, Bill Wasson, retires after 34 years of working with the county.
Rodriguez already has a position in the county as the current County Health Department Director as of December 2017.
An interim health department administrator will be named before Rodriguez leaves her current role to assume the new position.
She also has history with the Illinois Department of Children, Family Services Division of Child Protection and the Office of the Executive Inspector General in Springfield.
Illinois State University may also be affected by this change.
ISU sophomore Kaitlyn Alexis expressed that this will be progressive for female students.
“I mean it’s definitely good to see that the community is taking steps toward progress and as a woman at ISU it’s nice to know I will have someone in the county making decisions who understands the issues that women face in the community,” Alexis said.
Rodriguez is the second woman to serve in a top administrative position for McLean County government. Town of Normal City Manager Pamela Reece is the first.