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Applicants line-up for vacant Yorkville City Council seat

YORKVILLE – Since the resignation of Alderman Jackie Milschewski at the end of September, Mayor John Purcell has received seven applications for appointment to the vacant Yorkville City Council seat.

Milschewski stepped down as Ward 2 alderman because her husband Ted took a job with the city as a maintenance worker.

Purcell said that in addition to the seven applications, he has received several informal inquiries about the post.

Requirements include being a registered voter and having resided in the ward for at least a year.

Purcell said he will announce a selection next month but is still accepting applications. The city council must confirm the mayor’s appointment.

The Yorkville City Council is composed of eight aldermen with two from each of the city’s four wards.

Ward 2 is the only ward to straddle both sides of the Fox River and includes much of the old downtown area.

After serving for 10 years as city clerk starting in 2001, Milschewski was elected to the council in 2011.

FILE PHOTO: Yorkville Ward 2 Alderman Jackie Milschewski talks during the Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 City Council meeting at City Hall in Yorkville.

FILE PHOTO: Yorkville Ward 2 Alderman Jackie Milschewski talks during the Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 City Council meeting at City Hall in Yorkville. (Katie Finlon/)

Milschewski’s resignation meant the council not only lost an experienced alderman but its mayor pro tem, designated to preside over council meetings in the mayor’s absence.

At the Oct. 26 council meeting Purcell suggested the council approve Milschewski’s Ward 2 colleague, Alderman Joe Plocher, for the role.

Purcell noted that Plocher had been a candidate for mayor in the 2019 election.

Plocher nominated himself and then voted “present” before the rest of the council voted to confirm him as mayor pro tem.

The vote played out as visiting “Mayor of the Day” Emily Weber observed from the audience.

Purcell took note that between himself, Plocher and Weber, there were three people in the room boasting the title of mayor.

“The three mayors,” Purcell said. “It sounds like a musical.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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