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, May 23, the 143rd day of 2013. There are 222 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: Messrs. J. and M. Rosenfield have moved their leather and hidestore to the building formerly occupied by Temple Bufords's store. They buy and sellhides, pelts, furs, wool, beeswax, lard, tallow, etc. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Lumber Company has recovered 5,000 of the8,000 logs that were carried away by the Mississippi River flood last week. 1913 -- 100 years ago: John J. Ullemeyer has been awarded the contract to furnish RockIsland fire and police department members with uniforms, at the city's expense. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Work on Aledo's new $38,000 swimming pool was started thismorning at South Park when ground for the pool was broken by Mayor John W. Murphy. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Students and teacher at Moline High School called today "MissLeona Day" day at the school in honor of the government teacher who retires at theend of the school term. Although she's been teaching for 43 years at the school, Miss Dayfound a new way of arriving at the school this morning. At 7:30 a.m., a police squad carpulled up in front of Miss Day's home and escorted her to school. A caravan of students' cars joined the procession along the way. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Barbecue cooking and riverfront antics are planned for Discover the River Day Saturday in Leach Park, Bettendorf. A 5K run, wind surfing, a canoe race, hogcalling and more will round out the day under the Interstate 74 bridge.