Elected Officials and Staff
Below are your elected officials and staff of Groveland Township. Please feel free to join us at our monthly meetings, which are held the third Monday of every month at 6:00pm, with the exception of holidays. Check our calendar page for meeting dates and times.
Stephanie Stecken - Office Manager / Administrative Assistant
I have lived in Groveland Township my whole life, with the exception of two short stints - one spent in Woodford County and the other in Peoria County (and I am not taking about jails!!) Before coming to the Township, I worked for the Kroger Company from 1980 to 1993, ending my career with Kroger on June 4, 1993, and starting my career with the Township on June 7, 1993. I have two beautiful twin daughters, and we all enjoy horseback riding, fishing, and just about anything outdoors.
From the Desk of the Office Manager
John Shallenberger - Supervisor
I was born and raised in Pekin, Illinois. I married my wife Debbie in 1973 and bought a house in Creve Coeur, where we raised our two sons. We are grandparents to two grandsons and one granddaughter.
In 1999 I ran as a write-in candidate for the Creve Coeur Village Board as a Trustee, won, and served a four-year term. I have also served on the Executive Board of UAW Local 974 and the Board of Directors for the UAW Senior Citizens High-Rise for over twenty years. I retired from Caterpillar in 2016 with 43 years of service.
When Barb Hart passed away in January 2012, I was asked to finish her term on the Township Board as Trustee. After finishing Barb's term, I was elected Trustee in 2013. In April 2017 I was elected as Township Supervisor. I will work with the staff and Board to keep Groveland Township fiscally responsible.
If there is anything I can assist you with, please feel free to stop by or call me.
Jim McCool - Road Commissioner
I moved from Morton Township to Groveland Township in 2012 and bought a house located not far from the Township Office/Road District. I had introduced myself to the “then” Road Commissioner of the Township to gain knowledge of how our roads and right-of-ways were taken care of in this unincorporated area of Groveland Township. During our occasional conversations the outgoing Commissioner had mentioned that he was thinking of retiring. So having 38 years’ experience in Road and Bridge construction, I thought that this would be a great opportunity to serve the community. I expressed my thoughts and desires to the outgoing Road Commissioner, along with the Township Board.
When the time came the Board voted to appoint me to the position of Road Commissioner beginning Jan. 1, 2015. It is my goal to keep our streets and right-of-ways in all the unincorporated rural areas that are under Township maintenance, in the best shape for the most cost-effective way so that the taxpayers of Groveland Township get the most for their dollars..
From the Desk of the Road Commissioner
Nick Gauwitz - Road Foreman
Hi, my name is Nick, and I have lived in Groveland Township since 1989. I came to work for the Township as a seasonal employee back in 1994 while working as a snow bird for IDOT. In 2003 I came on board full time, becoming the Road Department Foreman in 2007. When not working, my brother and I farm the family’s farm. I also enjoy fishing, Cub’s baseball, Bradley basketball, and hanging around with my three children.
Pamela Christianson - Town Clerk
I was born and raised in Peoria, but after I married my husband Dale in 1964, I became a Tazewell County resident. We have two sons and seven grandchildren: three grandsons and four granddaughters. Since 2010 we have added three great-granddaughters to the family tree. Being a bit of a late bloomer, I went back to school after my sons left home and received my BA in Liberal Arts and Science from Bradley University in 1996. Since then I have worked in “NIH Granted Research” as a research consultant and data collection specialist. At the present time I am semi-retired but - still wanting to be active - took on the position of Town Clerk in May 2012 to finish the term of the previous clerk. Like so many things in my life, I didn’t go out seeking a new venture; it seemed to find me. This being my first venture into Public Service, I am finding that this position is much more than recorder of the minutes of various meetings. It includes but is not limited to:
- Preparing the monthly agenda
- Recording the minutes of regular meetings/special meetings/hearings
- County Clerk Filings
- Public Notices
- Key Official in charge of Township Elections
RaeLyn McCormick - Assessor
I have been a resident of Groveland Township since 1998 and am very familiar with the area. I am a graduate of the University of Illinois - Springfield and spent 25 years in the social service field before changing careers. In 2008 I received my Illinois Real Estate Salesperson License and in 2012 earned my Illinois Real Estate Broker's License. I earned my Certified Illinois Assessing Officer (CIAO) designation in 2013. I had been working as the Deputy Assessor for the past year prior to my appointment as Assessor.
I understand the importance and responsibility of providing fair and accurate assessments to over 10,000 parcels of property in Groveland Township. I look forward to assisting the citizens of Groveland Township and plan to keep regular office hours when not out in the field assessing property. Please call our office (387-8092) or stop by the township if you have questions or concerns.
Kevin Bresnahan - Trustee
I was born and raised in Pekin, Illinois, and the oldest of 6 children. My wife Debbie and I have been married 23 years, have two daughters, and have resided in Groveland Township for the last 22 years. I spent 18 years at Caterpillar and after became an employee of the Illinois Department of Transportation (I.D.O.T.) as a seasonal highway maintainer for the last 5 years. I am a 35 year Farm Bureau Member along with a graduate of Pekin High School, Illinois Central College, US Army Ordinance School and have a bachelor’s degree from U of I in Management. I intend to use my knowledge to serve the Tax Payers of Groveland Township to the best of my ability.
Joe Hranka - Trustee
I was raised in Pekin, Illinois in a family of ten kids. I am a military veteran of the US Navy. My wife Shelly and I reside in Groveland, Illinois and have four grown sons. I am the Founder and VP of Pyramid Printing. I am a graduate of Pekin High School, The University of Connecticut, and The US Naval Submarine School along with the US Naval Diving School. I then went on to get my Certificate of Small Business Management from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. I look forward to serving the Tax Payers of Groveland Township to the best of my ability.
Darcy Lawson - Trustee
I reside in Pekin with my husband Chris and two children Garrett and Marshall. Born and raised in Pekin as the youngest of 4 children, I come from a long family history of involvement in township, city, and state government. I am a University of Illinois at Springfield graduate with a BA in Business Management in addition to a 22-year background in Real Estate, office management, and maintaining budgets. I look
forward to serving the tax payers of Groveland Township.
Roger Pentecost - Trustee
I have been married to my wife Joan for 39 years. We have two children and two wonderful granddaughters. I worked at Caterpillar for 27 years and then for Marquette Heights Police Department for 18 years, serving as Chief of Police for the last ten years, before retiring. I look forward to continuing to serve my community as a public servant and will strive to assist the residents of Groveland Township.