ST. CHARLES – As Ray Rogina takes on his new role as St. Charles Mayor, other city officials say they expect he will do a good job.
Outgoing Mayor Don DeWitte said Rogina “will be an outstanding mayor for our residents in St. Charles.”
“He has the right acumen, the right experience and the right level of commitment to serve the community in this capacity,” DeWitte said.
Third Ward Alderman Bill Turner, who was re-elected Tuesday, said he was happy with Rogina’s election as mayor.
Turner and Rogina together have been representing the 3rd Ward since Rogina was elected in 2011.
“I think he’ll be an excellent leader,” said Turner, describing the mayor-elect as a collaborative leader.
Rogina soundly defeated the three other men seeking to lead the city.
According to unofficial results in Kane and DuPage counties, Rogina received 2,031 votes. Jake Wyatt received 989, John Rabchuk got 726 and Jotham Stein netted 600.
Rogina had said Tuesday he could not thank the people of St. Charles enough for having the faith and trust for him to be their next mayor.
“I assure them it won’t go unnoticed by me,” Rogina said.
Rogina’s election results in an open 3rd Ward seat. Rogina can nominate someone for the balance of the aldermanic term, possibly by calling for applications, City Administrator Brian Townsend said. The process is up to Rogina, but nominees must to receive City Council approval, Townsend said.
Rogina said the process will be open and transparent, and he wants the City Council to be involved.