About the Auditor

Jessica Thomas was born and raised on the south side of Peoria, IL. She graduated in the Top 10 of her class from Peoria Manual High School. After graduation, she attended Grambling State University, a prestigious historically black university in Grambling, Louisiana. She graduated from Grambling State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a minor in Marketing. 

While working as a Staff Accountant, Jessica decided to go back to school to obtain her Master degree in Business Administration. She attended Kaplan University and graduated in January 2011 with her MBA.  Late 2010, she relocated back to the Peoria area to be closer to family and to serve her community. Jessica has over 10 years of combined education and working experience in accounting, internal auditing, marketing and sales, business management and operation.

The County Auditor is an elected official and serves a four-year term. This office performs an audit on all claims against the County, verifying the accuracy of the claim and recommending payment or rejection of all invoices. The Auditor is responsible for a continuous, ongoing internal audit of operations and financial records of the officers, agents, or divisions of the County. 

Duties

The County Auditor is an elected official and serves a four-year term. This office performs an audit on all claims against the County, verifying the accuracy of the claim, the authority for the expenditure, and recommending payment or rejection of all invoices. The Auditor is responsible for a continuous, ongoing internal audit of operations and financial records of the officers, agents, or divisions of the County. 

Duties include:

  • Verification of the physical presence of County assets through audit
  • Audit of receipts of all county officers and departments deposited with the County Treasurer
  • Review and verification of adherence to appropriate County Ordinance and State Statute

History of Peoria County Auditors

Harry R. Scranton1916-1936
John E. Dougherty1936-1940
James D. Carrigan1940-1944
Vincent P. Sweeney1944-1952
Charles Hastings (longest serving at 28 years)1952-1980
Thomas A. Zosky1980-1984
R. Steven Sonnemaker1984-2006
Carol Van Winkle2007*-2016
Kent Rotherham2017**-2018
Jessica Thomas2018-

*appointed in 2007, first elected in 2008
**appointed in 2017