County Assessor Mary Black resigns

The county board authorized Personnel Director Janet Simonen to advertise for a new county assessor.  Mary Black turned in her resignation on July 10 but will stay as long as September 14 if a new assessor has not been hired by that time.
“While it has been a pleasure serving the taxpayers of Cook County,” she wrote, “I am moving in a new direction as an entrepreneur and business owner, fulfilling a passion of helping people.”  She and her husband Mark Black own and operate The Pump House Fitness Center and are distributors of Isagenix nutrition products.
“I wish you luck in your new venture,” said Commissioner Sue Hakes.
“We’re going to miss you,” said Commissioner Fritz Sobanja.  “Thank you for your good work.  We appreciate it.”
“I’m going to miss everyone,” said Black.
The board accepted her resignation with regrets.  They followed Janet Simonen’s recommendation to open the position to the public in order to get the widest applicant pool possible, which she said is her standard recommendation to department heads.