GRIFFITH | A process will soon begin to replace newly elected Clerk-Treasurer Bill Broderick, who died Feb. 12 after suffering a stroke.
Town Council Vice President Rick Ryfa, R-3rd, said the law requires a caucus of Griffith Republican precinct people to replace him.
The caucus must be held no later than March 16, Rfya said.
The caucus will be called by Lake County Republican Chairwoman Kim Krull, Ryfa said.
Once the caucus date is selected, notices will be mailed to all precinct committee members who are eligible to vote, Ryfa said. They will be mailed at least 10 days before the caucus.
Ryfa said the law requires a secret ballot even if there is only one candidate. Once elected, the new clerk-treasurer will immediately be sworn in and assume office, Ryfa said.
Ryfa said candidates will have up to 72 hours before the caucus to file with the Lake County elections board. They also must file with Krull, he said.
"Qualified candidates must be residents of Griffith and a registered voter," Griffith Republican Chairman Tom Wichlinski said. "While they do not necessarily have to be Republican, the caucus is the Republican Precinct Organization and Bill was a Republican."
Wichlinski said Broderick was experienced in accounting and finance. The winning candidate must have a similar background, along with being a good manager, he said.
Ryfa said Broderick had very high expectations for the office and that he is hopeful the committee will find a suitable replacement.
"We are still in shock at the loss of Bill, and he will be missed," Wichlinski said. "He was truly excited and anxious to do a great job for the people of Griffith."
The Town Council began its last meeting with a moment of silence in Broderick's honor.