QUINCY -- John V. Myers II was appointed Tuesday night to fill the vacant Adams County coroner position.
On Sunday, the Adams County Republic Central Committee recommended to the Adams County Board that Myers fill the vacancy created by Jim Keller's resignation last month. Myers has been deputy coroner, chief deputy coroner and deputy sheriff, and an Adams County Emergency Management Agency volunteer over the last three years. He also been an investigator with the Quincy-Adams County Major Case Investigation Division and is a retired radio and telecommunications specialist.
Keller submitted his resignation as coroner in June, and it became effective Tuesday. The Herald-Whig confirmed last week that Keller is being investigated by the Illinois Office of the State's Attorney Appellate Prosecutor on allegations of official misconduct and unlawful delivery of controlled substances. No charges have been filed against Keller, whose duties as coroner ended June 23, when he was locked out of all county buildings and systems.
Addressing the County Board, Myers stressed the importance of moving ahead.
"We're going to put the past behind us and tackle the office with an eye on the future," he said.
Myers will be sworn in at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Courtroom 1A in the Adams County Courthouse. He will be placed on the Republican ballot in the November general election. The candidate voted into office in November will serve the two years remaining of the four-year term Keller won in 2016.
During Tuesday's County Board meeting, board member Kent Snider, R-4, recognized the efforts of Deputy Coroner Ben Hamilton, who filled in during the "five or six days" when the county was without a coroner. Greg Myer another deputy coroner, and Myers was appointed interim deputy coroner during that period.