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Longtime Maple Park Village Clerk retires

Liz Peerboom recognized at Nov. 5 village meeting

Kathy Curtis, (L) and retiring Maple Park Village Clerk Liz Peerboom pose at the Nov. 5 village meeting, as Peerboom retired from her longtime position as village clerk.
Kathy Curtis, (L) and retiring Maple Park Village Clerk Liz Peerboom pose at the Nov. 5 village meeting, as Peerboom retired from her longtime position as village clerk.

MAPLE PARK – Liz Peerboom, longtime village clerk for the village of Maple Park, has retired, and the village board recognized her for her service at its Nov. 5 meeting.

Peerboom said she had some health concerns to address that are keeping her from working until she’s 65 as she had initially hoped to be able to do.

“I may do something else in the summer,” she said. “I have some health issues to deal with so I’ve decided to retire from Maple Park and take care of those things.”

Peerboom had served as village clerk since May 2011 while having also served in a similar capacity for the city of DeKalb, her hometown, for 19 years.

“I’m going to miss the people I’ve worked with,” she said. “My fellow employees have been like family. It’s been an honor to serve Maple Park. I had a great time every day I came to work.”

With having family living nearby in DeKalb, including a couple of grandkids, Peerboom is looking forward to having more free time to spend with them.

“I’ll definitely be spending more time with the grandkids,” she said. “I’ve got an 8-year old and a 13-year-old and you don’t realize until you have grandkids how much fun you can have with them.”

Terri D’Amato was named village acting clerk, effective on Nov. 5.

“The personnel committee will establish the job posting and we’ll take applications,” said Kathy Curtis, president for the village of Maple Park. “Terri is welcome to apply for the job. Once the posting is complete we’ll interview and make a full-time hire.”

The village clerk is responsible for the preparation and retention of official village records. The clerk also facilitates agenda preparation and distribution for meetings and maintains the Maple Park Municipal Code. In addition, she/he records various documents with the county recorder, and files the budget document and tax levy ordinance with the county clerk.

Curtis acknowledged that Peerboom would be missed.

“Liz brought professionalism to the village of Maple Park,” she said. “She assisted us with a lot and leaves on good terms. We’re happy she is taking a new avenue.”

In somewhat related employment news with the village, Curtis and the Board of Trustees agreed to amend the text of its municipal code to create the position of village administrator.

The administrator will be the chief administrative officer for the Village of Maple Park and have control over day-to-day operations.

The village had previously agreed to lease the services of Dawn Wucki-Rossbach through GovTempsUSA as village admininstrator effective Aug. 6 for a term that’s effective through Aug. 5, 2020.

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