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Geneva library to fill board vacancy this week

GENEVA – The Geneva library board is expected to fill a vacancy at its next meeting, according to its agenda. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the library, 127 James St., Geneva.

Board President Esther Steel said the name of the successful applicant would be made public at the meeting.

"The board did not want to announce who until Thursday, when we vote on the appointment," Steel wrote in a text message. 

The library board met in two recent closed sessions with each of the applicants, Jennifer Bruggeman, Robert McQuillan, Ellen Fultz Schmid, Zachary Ploppert, Charles O. Ellenbaum and William Broderick.

McQuillan, a regional sales manager, is a co-founder of Geneva TaxFACTS, a local taxpayer watchdog group. He lost a bid for mayor against incumbent Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns in 2013.

Ploppert, an elementary school teacher, lost two bids to be elected as an alderman in the 1st Ward. He was appointed to the Geneva Historic Preservation Commission.

Ellenbaum is a retired anthropology professor and served as a library board member when he lived in Glen Ellyn.

Schmid is a past employee of the library, having worked there 13 years until she left in March to become a law librarian at the Kane County Law Library. 

Bruggeman currently works as a human resources and risk manager at Batavia Park District. 

Broderick is a human resources consultant and a member of the Huntley Tea Party.

The library released the applicants' names and backgrounds after the Kane County Chronicle filed a Freedom of Information Act.

The vacancy was created when board member Steve Andersson resigned to pursue his campaign for state representative in the Nov. 4 general election. Andersson won the Republican primary March 18 and does not face opposition in the general election.

The person who fills the vacancy would serve until a two-year seat becomes open in the April 2015 election, officials said.

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