It is with a heavy heart and much emotion that I submit my resignation from the Frankfort Village Board of Trustees effective Friday, April 4, 2008.
Our countryâs democracy was founded on the premise of âcitizen democracyâ and service. Leaders were elected, worked for their constituents and when their time was up, they went home. Increasingly today, weâve moved away from that model to one of career politicians. I admire our Founding Fathers and their contributions to our country not only for what they did, but how they served their country and then went on with their lives. With that notion in my mind, it is time for me to step away from Village government.
With additional responsibilities at work during the day including an increasing amount of travel, coupled with the upcoming nuptials to my wonderful fiancÃ© Natalie, my ability to focus on Village of Frankfort matters is not where it needs to be. Stepping away from the Board at this time is the right thing to do for the residents of Frankfort. Their interests are at the top of my mind.
The past five years have been a wonderful experience and I relish the time spent with you and the entire Village Board as well as past Clerk Tom Bartkus, current Clerk Kate Romani and former Mayor Ray Rossi. Iâve learned a lot from all of you. I appreciate your patience with me and your support on my many initiatives including the Hybrid Vehicle Tax Waiver, impact fee increases, ethics ordinances, and downtown wi-fi.
Weâve accomplished quite a bit in the five years since Iâve joined the Board, but there is more work to be done. With the steady hand of Administrator Jerry Ducay and your leadership, Iâm certain that Iâm leaving the residents of Frankfort in very capable hands. The Board will continue to lead Frankfort forward in both economic and quality of life issues.
Frankfort is such a special place and the Board is entrusted to ensure that it remains that way for future generations. I wish you and the Board much success. Donât forget to keep growth in check and continue to uphold extraordinarily high standards for development. Also, donât forget to consider the people of Frankfort in all of your decisions â theyâre what make Frankfort a truly special place.
Thank you, mostly, to the residents of Frankfort who have twice voted to allow me to represent their interests on the Board. It has been an honor to do their work.
I couldn't have gotten this far without help from my family and friends - most notably my Dad. With his hard work, he propelled me to office. I've met some incredible people throughout this process. Greg Griffin will be a lifetime friend. I appreciate his efforts on my behalf. During my time in office, I've lost one good friend - Dan Hattan - someone who guided me and provided counsel in tough times. For that, I will be forever grateful.
I'll give my time on the board a more thorough post-mortem another time. For now, all I can say is "Thanks and I'll see you guys around town."