Kernan is Official of Year

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Illinois Association of County Officials (IACO) has selected Lindi Kernan, chief county assessment officer in Henry County, as the 2010 County Official of the Year.  Kernan, of Alpha, began her career in the assessment profession in the 1988 as an employee of the Mercer County Assessment Office. In 1993 she was promoted to chief county assessment officer.  

In 1996 she was appointed county assessment officer in Henry County, a position she holds today. She oversees four employees in the assessment office and three in the GIS department.

Other professional accomplishments include:   

- Certified Illinois Assessing Officer (CIAO) designation, awarded in 1991.

- Over 600 hours of continuing education in the assessment field since 1991.

- Held numerous leadership positions within the Illinois County Assessment Officer’s Association (CAOA) including chairman of Area 1, and president of the association in 2008-2009.

- Member and current chairman of the Illinois Property Assessment Institute Board of Directors, a state-wide organization whose mission is to provide educational courses on property appraisal and assessment administration to township and county assessment professionals in Illinois.   

Robert Kahman, 2010-2011 president of the CAOA, nominated Kernan for the award. “For the last eight years I have followed Lindi up the ranks of the CAOA. I watched her grow in knowledge and confidence each year. Her two years as CAOA President were exceptional. I have not come close to running the organization with equal drive and enthusiasm,” Kahman said.