Holbrook says he's accepting offer to replace Delaney

News-DemocratJune 19, 2013 

Tom Holbrook in a BND file photo.

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Former state Rep. Tom Holbrook said Wednesday he's been asked to serve as St. Clair County Clerk, and will accept the assignment.

Holbrook, a Belleville Democrat who currently serves as head of the Illinois Pollution Control Board, would replace Bob Delaney. Delaney, also a Democrat, resigned Wednesday amid allegations that he discriminated against, sexually harassed and wrongfully fired an employee.

"The opportunity is there, and I've said I'm willing to help my county," Holbrook said.

Under state law, the County Board chairman selects a replacement when there's a vacancy in a county office, with approval by the full County Board. The replacement has to be from the same political party as the person leaving the position.

Holbrook said he expects that his appointment would be approved by the County Board at a meeting Monday.

Holbrook served as a state representative from 1995 to 2011, when he resigned to accept an appointment by Gov. Pat Quinn to serve as head of the Pollution Control Board. At the time, the job at the Pollution Control Board paid about $120,000 a year. Delaney earned $100,870 a year as clerk.

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