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New leader to be elected in ’09

Lily Lake residents will have to wait until 2009 to elect a new village president.

Trustee Jesse Heffernan has been acting village president since June 28, nine days after former village president Barry Kreczmer resigned.

Kreczmer, who did not immediately return calls Thursday, wrote in his resignation letter dated June 17 that duties at the bank where he works would leave his leadership “diluted to a point that is insufficient for the proper maintenance of the village.”

But he told Village Board members and staff in his letter that he would accept several positions, such as chairman of the Small Cities grant, chairman of the Comprehensive Plan Committee, assistant treasurer/financial adviser, and adviser to the new village president.

Heffernan, who Kreczmer said in his letter was the “strongest choice” for village president, said she did not know that he planned to resign.

“It was a bit of a shock when he presented it,” she said. “We all had a feeling that he was starting to get overwhelmed.”

Kreczmer had been re-elected in April to a four-year term. But because of his resignation early in the term, a new village president will be chosen at the next election in spring 2009, Lily Lake Village Attorney Alex McTavish said.

“[Heffernan] only serves until the next available election,” McTavish said. “The result of that is the office of president will be on the ballot in two years rather than four years.

“There’s no special election that I’m aware of in Lily Lake,” he said.

Lily Lake Village Clerk Heather Gravlin said Kreczmer’s resignation “doesn’t affect the village in any operating way.”

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