CLINTON — A DeWitt County Board resolution to censure State’s Attorney Karle Koritz and assistant Lars Dunn died Thursday due to a lack of a second in a board meeting packed with onlookers at the county building in Clinton.

Board Chairwoman Sherrie Brown authored the resolution and presented it to the board last week, sparking controversy.

When she asked for a second to the motion, no board member offered one, and there was no discussion.

The measure was intended to chastise Koritz and Dunn for, among other issues, their criticism of a board plan to take the County Board’s legal matters out of Koritz’s hands and transfer them to a court-appointed special counsel.  

“I’m hopeful we can now move forward as a county and start addressing real issues,” Koritz said after the meeting.

A resolution to change board policies in the way meetings are run also was tabled. Among the proposed changes were the appointment of a sergeant-at-arms and a new policy to seat the board members alphabetically.

“There are some typos, and … some think that a seating arrangement can’t be enforced,” Brown said.

Boared member Dave Newberg opposed an assigned seating chart.

“We have so many important things to do,” he said. “To be spending time on such foolishness as this is ridiculous.”

The board approved the appointment of Keith Koons of Clinton to the open board seat in District B to replace Mark Gardner, who resigned in April.

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