City Council Members
Mayor (4 year term) :
Married for 35 years to Kathy with two grown children and two grandchildren. Has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University, 1969 and a Master of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University, 1973. Is a retired high school teacher who taught for 34 years in the Wheaton, Illinois school system before moving to Silvis in 2004. Appointed as 4th ward alderman in 2010 and has served on various committees including contract negotiations, public works, and was chairman of the finance committee. Took office as Mayor on May 7, 2013.
I got involved in Silvis city government to contribute and make a positive difference in my community. I best feel I can accomplish this by giving both my time and effort as mayor in addressing the issues that affect our city. Being an alderman was a real learning experience. Through the various committees I’ve seen firsthand how important it is to ask questions and be informed before deciding on an issue. I’ve been amazed at both what’s involved and the dedication of all the people that make the City of Silvis work. Decisions have to be made that not only affect the city in the short term but the long term as well. With this in mind I hope to be an effective mayor that represents its citizens and businesses and will put the city in the positive light it deserves.
There will be challenges that face us but with a council and staff that “makes a difference”, we can find solutions to address these challenges. Myself, this council, and city staff all bring different backgrounds and ideas to our discussions. But one factor will always remain a constant and that is to make sure whatever we do as a city government our citizens and city services will always be the priority in our decision making process.
Despite challenging economic realities I feel we can set a course that will continue to keep our city on solid financial ground. The chief issues that continue to challenge us will be to create new sources of revenue, continue to address aging infrastructure, address downtown business growth, and continue to closely monitor both our revenues and expenses in order to determine how to get the most out of our budget while keeping the level of services our people deserve.
During my 4 years in office I will need to be proactive in promoting our city in a positive manner that will attract new businesses. We will need a vision and plan in place that addresses aging streets, water, and sewer lines. We need to make sure our community has sufficient police and fire protection as well as to continue promoting our city both as a great place to live and a great place to do business.