Former Rock Island County Board Chair Moose Maranda Steps Down | Politics and elections

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Former Rock Island County Board Chair Ken “Moose” Maranda has resigned from the board, effective April 30. Maranda, a Democrat, represented Milan’s 23rd district.

With Maranda’s departure, there are now three vacancies on the council: District 10, filled by Pat O’Brien, and District 3, represented by Scott Noyd.

O’Brien stepped down when he was elected 6th alderman for the city of Moline in April and Noyd died May 5 while in office after a brief illness with stage 4 lung cancer.

Maranda was elected to the county council in 2002 and chosen by council members as chairman in November 2014. He served as chairman until November 2018, when he appointed Vice Chairman Richard “Quijas” Brunk, from 13th District, to replace him.

“Mr. Maranda has served the people of the county for more than 18 years as a member of the board, including four as the county’s elected principal,” Brunk said Friday. “I very much appreciate his dedication to serving our community and wish him all the best.”

Maranda tendered his resignation to Brunk on April 30, the same day he resigned. The brief letter reads, “Mr. President, I am resigning as Representative of District 23. Effective April 30, 2021.”

Board member Jeff Deppe said Maranda’s departure was a loss for the county.

“I will personally miss him,” Deppe said. “He was a great friend with a lot of knowledge. I got my feet on the ground thanks to Moose and (former board member) Don Jacobs.”

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