I am very pleased to support President Vicki Scaman’s nomination of Cory Wesley to the Oak Park Village Board, which was publicly announced on Oct. 6. I can think of few people I have met in our village more qualified than Cory to serve as trustee.
I’ve had the pleasure of serving with him on the Civic Information Systems Commission and getting to know him since 2018. His technology knowledge is far reaching, and I’ve looked to him both for advice and as a mentor on many issues that we have tackled over the years. His ideas always come from a perspective of inclusion, equity and empathy, which I believe is an exemplary way to lead. The greatest good for the community is foremost in his approach to every civic challenge. He loves his neighborhood and he loves Oak Park.
Cory is a tireless volunteer, and I’m amazed how he finds the time to generously donate to so many worthy causes both in Oak Park and even outside our borders. We are fortunate to have a generous volunteer citizenry here who work to make our community a better place to live. However, it is rare for someone to selflessly donate so much of their time to so many causes all while managing a career and being a strong and supportive member of their family. This is what a true public servant looks like.
While I will admittedly miss Cory’s wisdom at CISC meetings, I believe we all will be well served with him as trustee. I wish Cory the very best in this exciting new opportunity. And yes, I will continue to bug him for one more minute of his time to get his take on all things Oak Park.
David Baker, chair
Civic Information Systems Commission