Board chooses to appoint new trustee

May 18, 2011

Shorewood - The Village Board voted, 5-0, Monday to fill a vacant trustee seat by advertising, accepting resumes and applications, interviewing candidates in an open forum, then voting on and appointing a resident to the post.

The selection process approved by the board was recommended by the Ad Hoc Trustee Selection Committee composed of Trustees Ellen Eckman, Patrick Linnane and Michael Maher, who were appointed for the task by Village President Guy Johnson.

"We hope to have those ads and word out this week," Maher said, adding that applications are due June 3. "The committee has worked on a set of standardized questions."

He said the village used the same questions in a different order and the same selection process when faced with vacancies in 2006 and 2008 with about the same amount of time left on an unexpired term created by resignation.

The current vacant seat occurred when Trustee Margaret Hickey resigned in April after purchasing a home outside the village. The three-year term for the position expires in 2012.

Officials had said the board had several options on the position - leave the seat vacant until the election next spring, appoint someone to fill the seat through whatever process the board wants, or hold a special election. The board also could have chosen to fill the position by appointment and hold a special election in November.

At a glance

Here is the process for selecting a new trustee approved by the board:

Applications are due at the end of the business day June 3.

Applicants will submit their applications to Village President Guy Johnson in care of the village of Shorewood.

Depending on the number of applicants, interviews will be completed in one or two evening sessions.

Interviews are conducted in an open session, and only trustees will ask questions. "In an open interview session, anybody could sit in on anybody's interview," Village Attorney Ray Pollen said. He and other village officials added that applicants are encouraged not to sit in on the interviews of other applicants and that in past, they have not done so.

Trustees vote on the candidate of their choice until one receives a majority of votes.

The final vote may or may not be at a regularly scheduled Village Board meeting. Officials agreed that would depend on how many residents apply for the position and how late into the night the interviews would be held.

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