Nancy Gonsiorek drops out of McHenry County Board race

WOODSTOCK – Nancy Gonsiorek has dropped out of the race for a McHenry County Board District 3 seat to apply for the county’s vacant auditor position.

The Crystal Lake Republican’s bid for the auditor job follows on the heels of the retirement of longtime McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer.

Palmer, 60, cited her own health problems and a need to take care of her elderly parents.

Gonsiorek, who spent 30 years as a licensed certified public accountant, said her goal is to eliminate the auditor’s office altogether through a voter referendum.

“I fully support the mission of the County Board to reduce costs and increase efficiency, and I believe there is a more efficient way to provide an independent internal audit function,” Gonsiorek said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the County Board and Chairman Jack Franks to reorganize, downsize and, if the voters approve, eliminate the office.”

If appointed, Gonsiorek said she will work with the board to put a binding referendum on the November ballot to eliminate the auditor office with the term’s 2020 expiration.

The board must fill the vacancy by appointment, but voters will decide in November who will fill the remaining two years of Palmer’s term.

In 2010, Gonsiorek served as the first internal auditor for McHenry County College and developed an internal audit program there.

From 1999 to 2002, she served on the Nunda Township Planning Commission and co-authored the township’s first comprehensive land use plan. Gonsiorek has owned her own CPA firm since 2008.

She lives in Crystal Lake with her husband, John. The couple has raised two sons.