Christy passed away suddenly on March 26, 2016, said Aurora Township Supervisor Bill Catching. Owens has served as Deputy Township Clerk for the past three years.
Five other Aurora Township residents applied for the open position, but board members felt that Owens’ experience as Christy’s deputy set him apart, Catching said.
Owens, 40, lives in North Aurora with his wife, a high school math teacher, and two children. Prior to being hired as recycling/project coordinator at the Aurora Township Highway Department in 2010, Owens worked in the mortgage industry.
He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Augustana College in 1997. He also earned a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer designation from the Illinois Property Assessment Institute in 2012.
The Township Clerk is clerk of the town board of trustees and is official keeper of all records except for active General and Emergency Assistance cases. The Clerk is required to keep accurate records of all Town Board meetings and also serves as ex-oficio clerk of the Road District. The clerk must be present for bid openings for both the township and road district.