The Des Plaines City Council Monday night appointed 1st Ward Alderwoman Patti Haugeberg as interim mayor until the Feb. 19 city council meeting at which time 4th Ward Alderman Dick Sayad will be sworn in to serve until the April 15 council meeting -- almost until the end of former Mayor Marty Moylan's unfinished term.
The council must appoint yet another alderman to serve from April 15 through the first council meeting in May when a new mayor will be sworn in based on which of three candidates vying for the post -- former Des Plaines mayor Tony Arredia, 3rd Ward Alderman Matt Bogusz, and 6th Ward Alderman Mark Walsten -- is elected April 9.
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The city has had rotating leadership since Moylan stepped down on Dec. 31. He was sworn in as state representative in the 55th House District in early January. Ward 8 Alderman Mike Charewicz served as interim mayor for about a month after Moylan's departure.
Ward 5 Alderman Jim Brookman said the goal of having aldermen rotate as mayor is to give them a chance to gain experience in that leadership role. The motion to appoint Haugeberg and Sayad was approved 5-3. A substitute motion to allow Charewicz to continue serving as mayor for the remainder of Moylan's unfinished term failed by a 5-3 vote. Haugeberg is the first woman to serve in the temporary mayoral post.