Kendall County Board Chairman Scott Gryder was re-elected chairman in a unanimous vote by his fellow board members at an organizational meeting Monday evening, Dec. 3, at the Historic County Courthouse in Yorkville.
The organizational meeting is where newly elected and re-elected board members are sworn into office and where the board selects its chairperson and other officers for the next two years.
Following a swearing-in ceremony where Judge Robert Pilmer gave the oath of office to Gryder, new board members Amy Cesich and Robyn Vickers, and returning members Judy Gilmour and Matthew Prochaska, the board voted on their officers.
After Gryder was re-elected as chairman in a unanimous vote, the board split in a decision to make Cesich the board’s vice chair. The board voted 5-4 in favor of Cesich as vice chair, with Cesich, Vickers, Audra Hendrix, Elizabeth Flowers and John Purcell voting yes, and Gryder, Gilmour, Prochaska and Matt Kellogg voting no. Board member Tony Giles was absent from the meeting. Cesich replaces Lynn Cullick as board vice chair, as Cullick was defeated in the spring Republican primary and finished her term last month.
Gilmour was also re-elected as president of the Forest Preserve District Board in a unanimous vote. Prochaska was re-elected as vice president of the Forest Preserve District Board in a 5-4 vote, with Gryder, Gilmour, Prochaska, Kellogg, and Hendrix voting yes and Cesich, Vickers, Flowers and Purcell voting no. Matt Kellogg was chosen as Forest Preserve District Board secretary in a 6-3 vote, with Gryder, Gilmour, Prochaska, Kellogg, Purcell, and Flowers voting yes and Cesich, Vickers, and Hendrix voting no.
Gryder addressed the split votes in his opening statement as chairman at the meeting.
“There are going to be differences of opinion on this board,” he said. “There have been differences of opinion on every board that I’ve served on for the last six years and we’ll have differences of opinion going forward. All I ever ask, and I think that most of us ask, is that you come from the right place when you’re doing it.”
Cesich said after the meeting that she told Gryder prior to the meeting that she thought she had the experience to be vice chair, and also noted that the board now has four Democratic Party members.
“All you can do is try,” she said. “You can put yourself out there, you say I think I could do a really good job at this, and then if you get the votes, you get the votes. Any one of these board members would have been excellent in that (vice chair) position.”