Oak Park Township Trustee Eric A. King resigned from the township board last week, Township Supervisor F. David Boulanger said.
Wednesday Journal reported two weeks ago that the nine-year veteran trustee had residences in both Oak Park and in Tinley Park. King and his wife, who have lived on a North Ridgeland Avenue for 20 years, purchased a Tinley Park property in June 2003 that is reportedly within walking distance of his job as superintendent of far-south suburban Matteson Elementary School District 159.
Boulanger said that he has been aware of King’s dual residence status “for about five months,” and that the township board discussed the issue as recently as its June meeting.
In 2005, King was elected to a third term as township trustee, polling just less than 20 percent of the vote in a five-person race for four seats. The township, which has 60 days under state law to name King’s replacement, will take up the issue at its Sept. 13 board meeting, Boulanger said, adding that there has been some interest in the vacant seat.
“I’ve had a couple of people who’ve shown interest,” he said, declining to be more specific.
While Boulanger had earlier indicated concerns regarding whether King-or anyone-could effectively represent the community if they don’t live here full time, he stressed Tuesday that he had no questions regarding King’s value to the township board. King, he said, had always brought a “larger view” to board discussions and dealt with people in a respectful and fair manner.
“Eric always brought a professional view to our deliberations on appropriate board process and policy development,” said Boulanger. “He was particularly fair concerning treatment of township staff.”