Madison County Board OKs new member

News-DemocratMay 16, 2013 

— James Goggin is the newest member of the Madison County Board.

County Chairman Alan Dunstan appointed James "Jamie" Goggin to fill the County Board seat in the 24th District, and his appointment was unanimously confirmed by the board Wednesday.

The previous board member, Hal Patton, recently resigned to take his new seat as mayor of Edwardsville.

Dunstan said he consulted with Patton and Madison County Republican Party chairman Andy Carruthers in selecting Goggin from 11 candidates interested in replacing Patton.

"Jamie is active in the community, he is committed to serving the people of the 24th District and he brings a strong business acumen to the County Board," Dunstan said. "I'm confident Jamie will do a great job representing the people of Madison County and his district."

Goggin, 47, is a graduate of the University of Illinois and manager of two support offices for Siemens PLM Software. He also teaches computer-aided design as an adjunct instructor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He said he hopes to bring his expertise in information technology to benefit the county's IT operations.

"But my main objective is to effectively represent the people of the 24th District and work for the betterment of Madison County," Goggin said.

Goggin, a Republican, now serves on a board with a majority of Democrats. However, Dunstan said he strives for party cooperation on the county board.

"This is not the federal level or the state level; on this level, Democrats and Republicans can work together," Dunstan told Goggin prior to his oath of office. "And I look forward to working with you."

Goggin echoed Dunstan's statement. "I'm not coming in with an agenda or issues," he said. "I just want to work with the chairman and the board on solutions."

Goggin will serve on the parks and recreation, real estate tax cycle and judiciary committees.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.

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