Carpentersville has a new trustee.
Kevin Rehberg, 38, has been appointed to fill a trustee vacancy left by Doug Marks, who moved out of Carpentersville to find a job in Arizona.
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There were 2½ years left on Marks' term and Rehberg will serve at least six months on the board.
He's decided to run for a seat during the spring municipal elections, but doesn't know whether it'll be for the rest of Marks' term or for a full four-year term.
Rehberg, who is married with a young daughter, was raised in East Dundee and has lived in Carpentersville for the last 13 years.
Rehberg is the second youngest trustee, next to Trustee Brad McFeggan, who is in his early 30s.
"They tend to look at what they can do to make things better," said Village President Ed Ritter, who is 64. "I do think some of us are a little set in our ways and we need younger people to help us see the big picture."
Rehberg earned a business degree from Northern Illinois University and works as an audit manager for the Audit Bureau of Circulations. As such, Rehberg's main focus will be the village budget. Specifically, he wants to keep the property tax levy down by finding savings elsewhere.
"I've been following local issues for a real long time," Rehberg said. "I decided this was the right time to take that involvement to the next level."
Ritter interviewed eight people before he nominated Rehberg for the position.
Ritter's impression of Rehberg is that he's open minded and doesn't come to the board with preconceived notions of how government ought to work. Ritter is also impressed with Rehberg's financial background.
"Above all, he's just a nice person," Ritter said. "He was very upbeat about Carpentersville. He likes what's happening and he wants to be a part of a place that's improving all the time."