Longtime Fox River Grove Trustee Suzanne Blohm has announced her plans to resign from her seat to return to college to certify as a school nurse.
Blohm is now in her 14th year as a trustee. Her current term is set to expire in 2021.
In an email to Village President Robert Nunamaker, Blohm announced she will soon submit her letter of resignation.
“I’m currently a nurse, and I’m going back to school,” Blohm told the Northwest Herald on Friday. “I felt that between school and work and family, I just could not devote the amount of time to the village that I’ve been able to in the past.”
Her last day as a trustee is Jan. 3.
A working nurse at an assisted living facility in Elk Grove Village, Blohm has been accepted to the University of Illinois at Chicago to study for a school nurse certificate, she said. The program will take 18 months.
Blohm said she has no plans to run for re-election when she completes school, but her exit comes with mixed emotions.
“I know I’m leaving with the village in a great position with great people still on the board who are working for the people,” Blohm said.
The outgoing trustee said the highlight of her public service career – one that began two decades ago in 1998 – has been watching the village of Fox River Grove get its finances under control.
“The village, financially, is in a really solid state through the work of the whole board and the president,” said Blohm, a Fox River Grove resident since 1994.
On Jan. 3, the Fox River Grove board will vote on the appointment of Melissa Schladt, chairwoman of the village’s Planning and Economic Development Commission, to fill Blohm’s seat.
The regular meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 305 Illinois St., Fox River Grove.