Madison County Circuit Clerk Matt Melucci announced he will not seek re-election when his term expires in December 2012.

"I am very grateful to all my employees for the excellent job they do serving the judges, attorneys, litigants and others who utilize our services," he stated in a press release. "In an office as large and complex as the Circuit Clerk's, it takes good people to run it efficiently."

Melucci, a Democrat, was first elected to the post in 1992. Prior to his election, Melucci served as the first chief of staff to U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello.

Before that, he served as executive director of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments and as director of the Southwestern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission. In early 1975, Melucci was selected by former Madison County Board Chairman Nelson Hagnauer to become Madison County's first Director of Administration.

Melucci is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as an officer in the Military Police Corps. He holds a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and a master's degree from St. Louis University.

He was a Danforth Foundation Fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1980. In 1977, he was selected to the St. Louis Leadership program, a one-year training and networking course for future leaders of the metropolitan area.

For the past 27 years, Melucci has resided in Collinsville where he serves as a Democratic committeeman. In 2007, he was elected by fellow committeemen to serve as chairman of the county Democratic committee, a position he still holds.

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