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Rogina: New St. Charles 3rd Ward alderman to start June 17

ST. CHARLES – Mayor Ray Rogina hopes a new 3rd Ward alderman will be in place by June 17, he said Friday, the day applications for the term were due.

Rogina vacated the seat when he became St. Charles mayor this month. The term expires in 2015.

The Mayor’s Office did not return a call Friday that sought the number of applications received; the deadline was 4:30 p.m.

A week ago, staff reported that four people had submitted resumes and a letter of interest.

Rogina said a news release containing the candidates’ names will be issued after he checks the applications Monday.

He has said the selection process will be open and transparent.

A subcommittee of aldermen, including 3rd Ward Alderman Bill Turner, will narrow the list to three finalists, Rogina said.

The St. Charles City Council will interview each of the finalists and meet in executive session June 3 to make a selection, he said.

Rogina wants to give the new alderman time to acclimate to the position, he said, so the earliest he or she will serve on the council is June 17.

The City Council last filled a vacant term in December 2010. Maureen Lewis was selected among four other applicants to serve the remainder of the 5th Ward seat David Richards vacated.

He resigned from his post within a week of pleading guilty to a disorderly conduct charge in West Chicago.

Lewis was seated on the council the night her appointment was announced.

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