The West Dundee village board has added a new trustee to its ranks.
On Monday night, trustees unanimously appointed Michelle Kembitzky, a resident who has lived in town for 21 years and has found herself with more time to volunteer now that her two children are away at college.
She was sworn into office moments later -- her term ends in April of 2015.
"As a trustee, you can do no wrong," Trustee Norm Osth joked. "Everything is right."
Kembitzky, who is married, works as an accountant at Office Max and is excited to bring her financial background to the board.
She's also been an active volunteer with the athletic booster club at Jacobs High School, with the Community Crisis Center in Elgin, at Camp Algonquin, and she's been president of the parent teacher council at Dundee Highlands.
Kembitzky replaces Becky Gillam, who resigned from the board in December after winning election to a seat on the Kane County Board.
Kembitzky had been wanting to run for office but didn't because she didn't want to risk displacing Gillam or outgoing Trustee Julie Voss whom she called friends.
"This time I'm not taking somebody else's spot, I'm stepping up," Kembitzky said.
The village advertised the vacancy on its website and via email blasts.
Fifteen people submitted applications to replace Gillam. Eleven were interviewed and Village President Larry Keller selected Kembitzky as a finalist. "I think that her financialbackground was an asset, her volunteerism was an asset and ... it was a very, very, very, very difficult decision to come to because there were so many well qualified people," Keller said.Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.