Board appoints trustee in 5-1 vote

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Wrapping up over a month-long search process, the village board voted 5-1 last week to appoint Elizabeth Brady?#34;a 10-year resident with a strong corporate background who played a minor role in the New Leadership Party (NLP) campaign?#34;to serve out the remaining two years of now-Village President David Pope's term as trustee.

Brady came to Pope's attention as a candidate for the position after she submitted her qualifications to him as part of the search process, Pope said. At a board meeting last Tuesday, he said he was impressed by her strong financial background and experience with performance measurement. Brady is an Operations Management Executive at 3Com Corporation, with a degree in business economics and public policy.

"In our community, we need people who understand how to get things done, and tie in the mission and values of our community," Pope said. Brady was selected from a list of over 50 candidates, Pope said.

Trustee Martha Brock was the only board member to vote against the appointment last week. Brock said she didn't disapprove of Brady, but would have strongly preferred that a senior citizen be added to the board.

"We have a rapidly increasing senior population that is underserved. I do believe that population needs to be represented," she said. "This is not about popularity. We need to look at the scheme of demographics on the board."

Though several board members voiced concerns about the selection process, the remaining five trustees said they strongly supported Brady's appointment.

"I think the process could have been tightened up, but I think she'll be an outstanding trustee," said Trustee Greg Marsey.

"We will have some disagreement on how the process worked, but we do not disagree that we have a good trustee joining us," said Trustee Robert Milstein. "In the future, I think we should codify how this process works, and have increased transparency."

Trustee Ray Johnson added that he believes a "protracted debate on appointment does not serve us well," and that he supported the appointment.

"I believe this appointment will reinvigorate us by keeping our energy level high and our work ethic strong as we seek to optimize opportunity," he said.

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