GENEVA – Third Ward Alderman Dawn Vogelsberg resigned Tuesday, saying she was trying to do it all and had to cut back.
Vogelsberg, who has served as alderman for 10 years, said she wanted to free up her position so another person could step up and serve the city. She was appointed in 2004 and her term was up in 2017.
“This is my last City Council meeting,” Vogelsberg said at the end of the city’s meeting. “It was my privilege to serve the city and I wanted to give someone else a chance to serve the Third Ward. … I want to thank the citizens of Geneva for allowing me the privilege of serving the city I love so much. And I wanted to thank the city staff for teaching me how Geneva works, why we do what we do. And why we should all be proud of our customer service.”
Vogelsberg said she started a new job at the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office as support staff last April and realized she could only do so much.
“I thought I could keep doing everything, but you can’t keep doing everything well,” Vogelsberg said.
Mayor Kevin Burns said Vogelsberg’s influence began long before she was appointed to fill a vacancy on the council, as she took the lead in getting a public safety referendum passed to build a new fire station and upgrade the city’s police department.
“Nobody comes to the council saying they want to build a legacy,” Burns said. “I think the thing that is amazing about Dawn … prior to her arrival, a whole hell of a lot was already done.”
Other council members praised Vogelsberg’s work for the city.
Fifth Ward Alderman Craig Maladra said they disagreed on nearly every issue that came up.
“We disagree on almost everything, but we agree to disagree with respect,” Maladra said. “I’ll miss you.”
Fourth Ward Alderman Ron Singer said he appreciated her insights and sense of humor.
“You’ve been a delightful person,” Singer said. “Your constituency has a great deal of respect for you and so do I.”