Anne Vickery Appointment

Former Kendall County Board Chairwoman Anne Vickery was appointed Seward Twp. Highway Commissioner on Tuesday night. (Left) Vickery is pictured shaking hands with (right) Seward Twp. Clerk Sharleen Smith (Photo provided)

Former Kendall County Board Chairwoman Anne Vickery was appointed as Seward Twp. Highway Commissioner on Tuesday night by the township board.

With the appointment, Vickery becomes only the fourth woman in the state of Illinois to hold a highway commissioner seat out of 1,428 townships. Vickery replaces her husband, Ray Vickery, who is stepping down after 26 years as highway commissioner.

The highway commissioner is an elected position and the appointment will stand through the remainder of the term. Vickery was last re-elected in 2017.

Anne Vickery spoke with WSPY on Wednesday morning about her appointment and the transition.

Vickery also spoke with WSPY's Tyler Bachman about being one of four women in the state to serve as a highway commissioner.

Vickery was on the Kendall County board for 14 years, between 1998 and 2012 and was a past chairwoman of the board.

Vickery additionally has worked with WSPY in community affairs programming over the years.

In the township road district, Vickery says there is always something to do.

Vickery adds that maintaining and administrating the office through contracts, purchasing equipment, and working with taxpayers is among the largest responsibilities.

Vickery says she is very, "proud and thankful" of the board for appointing her to the position.