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Algonquin Township Board to discuss replacement after resignation

The Algonquin Township Board of Trustees plans on discussing a replacement for former Trustee Rachael Lawrence, who recently resigned, at its next meeting this month.
The Algonquin Township Board of Trustees plans on discussing a replacement for former Trustee Rachael Lawrence, who recently resigned, at its next meeting this month.

The Algonquin Township board plans on discussing a replacement for former Trustee Rachael Lawrence, who recently resigned, at its next meeting this month.

In a letter to the board, Lawrence cited private and ongoing health concerns as the reason for her resignation.

The board’s next meeting is set for Dec. 11 in the Algonquin Township building’s lower level, 3702 U.S. Highway 14, unincorporated Crystal Lake.

The board members initially picked three candidates from a previous list of applicants they had from when they last had an opening on the board, before current Trustee Elaine Ramesh was appointed. Of those three, one bowed out, Trustee David Chapman said.

The candidates who are now vying for the trustee position are Robert Becker, of Lake in the Hills, and John Leonardi, of Fox River Grove. Leonardi was a final candidate to replace former trustee Melissa Victor.

Chapman said at the meeting the board will interview each candidate. Then they will make a decision for whom they want as trustee in open session.

“It seems like they’d be in harmony with the township’s goals and objectives,” Chapman said. “I was especially pleased with both of their commitment to seniors and the programs here to help our seniors age in place and participate fully as active residents in our township.”

Trustee Dan Shea said the two candidates are acceptable to him as well, although the board still has to choose between them.

Although trustees originally planned to interview Becker and Leonardi in executive session at a Nov. 25 meeting, Chapman walked out after they voted to go into closed session.

Chapman said he did not have any comment when asked by a Northwest Herald reporter Tuesday why he walked out.

Township Supervisor Charles Lutzow, who recently returned to work after suffering a stroke earlier this year, said the board could open up applications to more people.

“It could change, because nothing is set in stone,” Lutzow said, although he added as of right now he doesn’t think there are any other candidates.

“[Becker and Leonardi] have shown an interest, they’ve come to meetings,” Lutzow said.

The township has 60 days from the time Lawrence resigns to find a replacement for her, or else the matter will go out to a public vote.

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