Another Oak Park village attorney retires?

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

Oak Park lost another longtime attorney last week, along with Ray Heise, when Richard “Dick” Martens announced his retirement.

Martens, 66, is stepping down after 38 years of legal representation with the village. An OPRF grad and lifelong resident in the area, Martens briefly served as village attorney between the 30-year careers of Heise and Art Thorpe. Most recently, he advised the Oak Park Plan Commission on legal matters.

Village hall honored Martens last week by reading a resolution and serving cake and refreshments.

“The village will continue to benefit from Dick Martens’ presence in the community long after his retirement through his valuable and ongoing participation and contributions to all facets of community life,” Village President David Pope read from the resolution last week.

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38 Years!?  

Posted: February 21st, 2012 4:49 PM

It doesn't matter how good you think a person is...no one should feed at the public trough for 38 years in a position of village attorney. It just allows for special interests to seep in and take hold. Not sure what the length of time should be...but certainly NOT 38 years!

Mary Ellen Eads from Oak Park  

Posted: May 26th, 2011 5:36 PM

I'm sure they served well, and I wish them the best, but how many lawyers does Village Hall need, for a population of 50,000 and change. How many do we have now? And in addition to how much paid to outside counsel. In light of our astronomical property taxes, soon to rise, I hope the Village does a full review before rushing out to hire replacements.

Jeff Schroeder from Oak Park  

Posted: May 26th, 2011 4:14 PM

Congratulations to Dick Martens, one of the truly classy guys in our community. I am sure he will be missed at the Village.

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