AURORA – The first elected board in the Fox Valley Park District’s 70-year history was seated May 1 as seven commissioners were sworn in for duty.
The commissioners were elected during the April 4 consolidated election from three districts – two commissioners representing each – with one commissioner elected at-large, according to a news release. The Fox Valley Park District, the state’s second largest park district, serves 233,000 residents in Aurora, North Aurora and Montgomery.
“After 70 years and more than 800 meetings with board members appointed by the Kane County Board chairman, this is an exciting new chapter in the history of the Fox Valley Park District,” Executive Director Jim Pilmer stated in the release.
Incumbent Chuck Anderson, along with Matt Hicks, represent District 1; Jerry Butler and Mary Anne Cummings represent District 2; and incumbent Cynthia Penne and Holly Scholz represent District 3. Incumbent Alex Alexandrou is the at-large commissioner.
Following the swearing in by Associate Judge Rene Cruz, a lottery was conducted between commissioners to determine the length of each representative’s terms.
Anderson, Cummings and Scholz will serve four-year terms, while Hicks, Butler and Penne will serve two-year terms, allowing the election of future commissioners to be staggered starting with the 2019 elections. Alexandrou will serve a four-year term.
Anderson was nominated and confirmed by his fellow commissioners as board president, a role he was serving. Scholz will be vice president. Diana Erickson, senior director of finance and administration for the park district, will serve as board treasurer and assistant secretary. Kim Nooncaster, executive assistant to the executive director and clerk of the board, will serve as board secretary. Jennifer Paprocki, assistant director of finance and administration, will serve as assistant treasurer.
The event included acknowledgements to former board members stepping down after years of service – Theodia Gillespie, Robert Vaughan, Rachel Ossyra and Denny Wiggins.