Island Lake Village Board member to resign Thursday

ISLAND LAKE – Trustee Rich Garling is expected to resign Thursday from the Village Board, and he could be replaced by a former board member who narrowly lost re-election.

Garling said he planned to move out of Island Lake on June 1, which would disqualify him from serving.

Village President Debbie Herrmann said she planned to appoint Don Verciglio to the seat. Verciglio lost re-election in April by fewer than 10 votes.

Herrmann said she had known that Garling was contemplating the move, so she had time to think through the decision.

“With the number of new trustees on the board without experience, I felt it would be advantageous to the village and its workings to put a trustee with experience back in his seat,” she said.

Herrmann added that she had discussed the choice with various trustees and did not expect much opposition to the appointment.

Garling said he supported Verciglio’s appointment, despite the fact that he recently lost re-election.

“I think he’s the logical choice,” Garling said. “[It’s] not just the experience, had he had [about] five more votes, he would have won the election.”

Verciglio said his nomination basically was the will of the people because he was so close to winning the seat. During the election, seven total candidates ran for three seats, and he came in fourth.

“I don’t know why anybody would think it would be weird,” he said. “Positions open [up], and it’s the mayor’s responsibility to fill it with the best people she can find.”

Garling did not want to comment on where he was moving and said only, “I have an opportunity elsewhere.”

He was elected to the board in 2007 and was in the middle of a four-year term.

“I was very honored that people of Island Lake let me serve for the two years that I did, and I’m sorry that I had to leave,” Garling said. “I felt very honored to have served with the people that are on the board.”

Garling was in the spotlight last year when he unsuccessfully ran for state representative as a Democrat against state Rep. Mark Beaubien, R-Barrington Hills.

He also was arrested in February after he allegedly struck an opponent’s wife on the back during an election hearing. Garling was charged with battery.

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