Newly-elected Evanston City Council member Curtis Rex, far left, addressed those in attendance at the boards Jan. 8 session after he and returning councilors Evan Perkes, Tim Lynch and Saundra Meyer were sworn in by City Clerk Jim Davis. HERALD PHOTO/Matt Roberts
EVANSTON The Evanston City Council welcomed a new member to its ranks just prior to its regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 8, as well as a trio of returning members.
Curtis Rex, who defeated Roy Landes Nov. 6 to capture an open two-year seat in the citys Ward II, said he was grateful to be on the board.
Im grateful for the opportunity to serve the folks from my ward, Rex said after the swearing in ceremony, but also the city at large, and all of you who work full time for the city. Some of you have come up and said, Oh, youre my new boss. But no, Im not the boss. Im just a servant. As a public servant, Im happy to be here.
Also sworn in were Evan Perkes, of Ward III, who ran unopposed for re-election; Tim Lynch, who defeated Scott Wilcox in the general election to retain his four-year Ward I post; and Saundra Meyer, who had served in the Ward II two-year seat but defeated Chris Thatcher Nov. 6 to gain the four-year spot for her ward.
The council also approved a slate of city department head re-appointments, as well as appointments to boards and commissions.
Reappointed as city department heads were:
Jon Kirby, chief of police
Paul Knopf, director of planning and development
Brian Honey, director of public works and city engineer
Kathy Defa, city treasurer
Jim Davis, director of administrative services and city clerk
Dennis Boal, city attorney
Paul Skog, assistant city attorney and city prosecutor
Mark Harris, municipal court judge
Ammon Francom, assistant municipal court judge
Appointments to boards and commissions were:
Rich Carver, Airport Joint Powers Board
Dave Welling, Emergency Services Joint Powers Board
Wendy Schuler, Golf Course Advisory Board
Joy Bell, Human Services Joint Powers Board
James Cottrell, Lodging Tax Board
Eric Mander and John Holderegger, Planning and Zoning Commission
Ann Cazin, Debbie Liechty, Margaret Lester and Sue Vehar, Preservation Commission
Trudy Lym, Revolving Loan Fund Board
Drew Stroberg, Kendra Cagle, Alan Griffin and Lori Henderson, Tree Board
Janyne Leland, Urban Renewal Board
Councilor Tim Lynch was reapproved by the board to serve as its president for 2013. Lynch was nominated by Saundra Meyer.