YORKVILLE – The clock keeps ticking and the question remains on who will take Yorkville Mayor John Purcell's old seat on the Kendall County Board.
Kendall County Board Chairman Scott Gryder said he has been speaking to different people about the eventual appointment, which he has said he had 60 days to make after Purcell's mayoral swear-in during the May 14 City Council meeting. He said he expects the decision to be announced during the last meeting in June, despite him having until mid-July to decide.
Gryder said he is making sure someone who is committed to serving the county will be appointed. He said he's looking for someone who understands that there's a lot of additional work that goes into the two County Board meetings per month.
“We just need people that are committed and who participate and put their all into it,” Gryder said.
Gryder said a large number of people have expressed interest in the position, whether it be formally or informally. He said he didn't have the exact number of interested people off the top of his head.
Purcell had said he has had people talk to him and that he knew what Gryder was generally looking for in his replacement. He had said he knows Gryder isn't looking for a seat warmer but is looking for someone to attend meetings regularly and be present during board and committee meetings – someone representing the county that would be willing to run for re-election, he said.
Purcell had said he is aware of specific names of people who are being considered for the position but declined comment on who those people are. Gryder also has declined comment on specific names in the past and has said only the name of the eventually appointed board member will be released when the time comes.