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Yorkville resident fills vacant Kendall County Board seat

Scott Gengler appointment comes after unanimous county board vote

YORKVILLE – A Yorkville financial adviser now has filled the open seat for Kendall County Board.

The County Board voted, 10-0, to approve Scott Gengler of Yorkville filling the remainder of former board member John Purcell's term during their regular meeting Tuesday, June 18 at the Kendall County office building, 111 W. Fox St. Purcell was elected as Yorkville mayor in April and his term on the County Board extends through November 2020.

Gengler said he is excited to work with what he thinks is a great group of people and to contribute to the county as best as he can. He said the board and staff have been very welcoming and he's looking forward to getting starting in county government matters.

"It's motivating me that way, that everyone that I have spoken to has been very positive," Gengler said.

Gengler said he has lived in Yorkville for most of his life, excluding the time he was away at college, and his parents and grandparents grew up in the county as well. He said he's honored to be nominated to fill Purcell's seat and, after getting more acquainted with the board and familiarizing himself with the processes, wants to make sure the board continues to be transparent for Kendall County residents and give them the best service possible.

“I just feel like I can give back in a great way by joining the board and hopefully collaborating with a great group of people," Gengler said. "It’s just a great opportunity to give back to residents of Kendall County.”

Gengler said he wants to continue to improve on the county's infrastructure and to help keep up with the business and residential growth in the county in the long term.

Gengler said the plan is to run for the same seat in the next election. He said he has had the conversation with a few board members, who also mentioned they would want to see someone who would want to say beyond November 2020 to take the role.

“I think the county deserves people on the board that are willing to donate their time and work hard to make sure the county is running efficiently and effectively,” Gengler said.

Gengler said he previously taught math and coached basketball, cross country and tennis at Oswego East High School for 16 years before becoming a financial adviser at Edward Jones. He said he was also a former president of the Optimist Club, along with sitting on the board for the Kiwanis Club of Yorkville, the county's juvenile justice board and the Human Resource Commission.

Gengler ran for election as Yorkville Ward 1 alderman in April 2009. He lost that election to George Gilson Jr.

Kendall County Board Chairman Scott Gryder said he thinks Gengler will be a good addition to the County Board, especially given his financial background and his county perspective with his previous work as a teacher.

"I'm just looking forward to having him on there and getting that seat filled as well," Gryder said.

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