HARLEM TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS
Terri L. Knight was voted in as Harlem Township Clerk in 1981. She served in that position until 1985 until she became a Harlem Trustee in 2005-2011. She was appointed as Harlem Township Supervisor in 2011 and currently serves at that position.
Terri has deep roots in the community. She has lived in the same house, in Harlem Township, for over 30 years, with her husband Charles Knight. She has 2 children, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She serves on several boards and is the Chairman of the non-for-profit Toys for Kids program, which is a holiday program for low income families.
Her duties and responsibilities include, service as Chairman of Township Board of Trustees, Supervisor the General Assistance Program and Treasurer for the Road District. She oversees two parks, Schoonmaker and Dennis Johnson Park and the efficient running of Harlem Township as a whole.
Jon Vaiden was appointed as Harlem Township Assessor on January 1, 2020 following 14 years of service to the Assessor’s office. Prior to serving as the Assessor, Jon acted as the Deputy Assessor in Harlem Township since 2006.
During his 14-year career in the Assessor’s office, Jon has shown a commitment to continuously educating himself to better serve his constituents. He has attended numerous seminars and courses, taken certification exams, and has logged more than 300 hours through the Department of Revenue. Jon has been a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer since 2013.
Jon is a lifelong resident of Harlem Township and graduated from Harlem High School in 1995. As the Assessor, Jon looks forward to serving the constituents of Harlem Township now and in the future.
Ed Tegland serves as the Harlem Township Highway Commissioner having been appointed to fill the vacancy in 2019. As the Harlem Township Highway Commissioner, Ed is focused on the safe and efficient construction and maintenance of all roads and bridges in the district. He is proud to lead a department with highly dedicated and qualified team members.
Ed was raised in Machesney Park, graduated from Harlem High School, and served in the Marine Corps. After returning from duty, he worked as the union representative for the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 6 and served on numerous community committees.
As a township official, Ed is dedicated to serving the people in his community and meeting their needs for quality roads. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out.
THOMAS (TOMMY) MEEKS
LINDA WOODROW MERTZ