Newly elected Rock Island County Board Chairman Phil Banaszek has appointed Don Jacobs, D-East Moline, as chairman of the county's finance committee.
The finance committee is the most powerful county committee, and the chairman's spot was occupied by Mr. Banaszek before he became county board chairman this week.
Mr. Banaszek said he views the 80-year-old Mr. Jacobs as a safe pair of hands to oversee county spending with a deep knowledge of the county's budget.
Mr. Jacobs served as finance committee chairman under the late Bill Armstrong, who served as Rock Island County Board chairman until 2002 when Jim Bohnsack took over.
First elected to the county board in 1998, Mr. Jacobs retired in 1996 after 20 years as the county's auditor.
The county has seven standing committees. Proposed ordinances and ordinance amendments move through the committees before being voted on by the full county board.
Committee chairmen and members are appointed by the county board chairman.
Aside from the finance chair, Mr. Banaszek also appointed several other committee chairmen on Wednesday.
John Brandmeyer, D-Rock Island, was named as chairman of the county's administration committee, a position previously held by Gary Freeman, D-East Moline.Mr. Freeman unsuccessfully ran for chairman, losing during Monday's county board meeting to Mr. Banaszek.
Nick Camlin, D-Rock Island, has been appointed as chairman of the human resources committee, where he will replace Lauren Loftin, who did not seek re-election.Steve Meersman, D-Moline, has been reappointed as chairman of the health and human services committee, which oversees Hope Creek Care Center.
Mr. Banaszek said Wednesday he was not yet ready to announce chairmen for the public works, executive and governmental affairs committees.
The 25-member county board was sworn-in for a new term at Monday's organizational meeting, during which Mr. Banaszek was elected chairman.
A drawing was held earlier this year to determine term lengths for the 25 districts.
Thirteen districts will have two-year terms and then two four-year terms. The other 12 districts will have two four-year terms and then one two-year term up to 2022, when the next census will be conducted.
Mr. Banaszek drew a four-year term, as did Mr. Jacobs.
Today is Thursday, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2013. There are 19 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Two boys who haul coal from Coal Valley to Davenport were arrested yesterday for running their teams through the city street at a furious rate. 1888 -- 125 years ago: E.H. Barker dislocated his left wrist and suffered a compound fracture of the right wrist when he fell from the roof of his icehouse. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Lou Harris was elected county superintendent of schools to fill the unexpired term of the late S.J. Ferguson. 1938 -- 75 years ago: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a state must give equality in educational privileges to white and Negro law students. 1963 -- 50 years ago: About 300 employees of the Augustana Book Concern, staff members of the Board of Publication of the Lutheran Church in America, as well as friends of the community and out-of-town guests honored Dr. Birger Swenson at the annual Christmas dinner of the Augustana Book Concern last night in Westerlin Hall on the Augustana College campus. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The Christmas shopping season began early this year and continues to bring out shoppers in record numbers, according to Quad-Cities retailers interviewed today.