Algonquin Township Supervisor Charles Lutzow is back at work after a stroke left him unable to act as supervisor for the past six months.
In a letter to the township board sent on Monday, Lutzow wrote that he was well enough to resume his duties effective Tuesday.
In an interview Tuesday with the Northwest Herald, he said he returned to the township and began working as usual a week ago.
“It’s great to be back, working with our staff,” Lutzow said. “We have a great staff, we have great people.”
Lutzow said he plans to be at the board’s next meeting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 in the Algonquin Township building’s lower level, 3702 U.S. Highway 14, unincorporated Crystal Lake.
Algonquin Township attorney James Kelly notified the board about Lutzow suffering a stroke in June.
Trustees voted at a special meeting later that month to have his wife, Darlene Lutzow, take over temporary deputy supervisor duties while he recovered.
Darlene Lutzow did not collect a salary or benefits during this time, and did not have a vote in matters of the board. Her position was considered ministerial, with her primary tasks being to sign checks and documents.
While Trustee Dan Shea said he had no problems running the meetings in Charles Lutzow’s absence, he is happy the township supervisor has his health back so he can “get back in the swing of things.”
“I’ve known Chuck for a number of years and we’re relatively good friends,” Shea said, adding that Charles Lutzow called him Monday to thank him for taking care of things.
Trustee Dave Chapman said he looks forward to having a full board, as they also are working on obtaining a replacement for former Trustee Rachael Lawrence, who recently resigned because of health reasons.
“Missing the supervisor has been a drawback,” Chapman said. “It affects the cohesiveness on the board.”
“It’s not fair to our residents to leave them without representation,” he added. “That’s one of the reasons I’ve been very vocal about getting our supervisor back as a voting member. It can’t just go on as business as usual if those two people aren’t there.”
Charles Lutzow has been supervisor for two and a half years. Before becoming supervisor, he was the township clerk for four years.