Residents of the 3rd Ward in St. Charles have a new alderman, but city officials won't release his or her identity until later this week.
A task force of Mayor Ray Rogina, Aldermen Dan Stellato and William Turner, and City Administrator Brian Townsend narrowed the pool of 13 candidates to four finalists. The full city council then interviewed the finalists in closed-door meetings early Monday evening.
Rogina, in an interview, said the council has already selected the new aldermen via a straw poll in the closed-door meeting Monday night. However, he was not yet prepared to say which candidate was chosen.
"It will come in the next day or so," Rogina said. It's only fair to let them know first, which I have not done. I would say by Wednesday we will make it public. The way the process will work from here is I'm going to recommend a person to the council. They have to vote on it next week. If they vote yea, that person will be sworn."
That favorable vote is a lock, Rogina said. The vote is a necessary formality to make the selection final.
"I thought the process went very well," Rogina said. "We had 13 people come forward. And let me say, it was a lot of good people who came forward."
The new alderman is one of these four finalists:
• Charles A. Amenta II has lived in St. Charles for 6 years. He is a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual and serves on the Reneaux Manor Homeowners Association Board.
• Todd A. Bancroft grew up in St. Charles and has lived in the 3rd Ward for 15 years. He works for Draper and Kramer Inc. as chief administrative officer, senior vice president and general counsel.
• Dianne E. Kellett has lived in St. Charles for 11 years. She volunteers for the St. Charles Mothers Club and as a Lincoln School very important parent. Kellett is an owner of Think Driven Inc. auto care facility and Pick a Do Inc. bookkeeping and errand service.
• Carolyn M. W. Waibel first moved to St. Charles in 1978 and has lived in St. Charles for 4 years. She has been active in the Parent Teacher Organizations for Ferson Creek and Lincoln elementary schools. She was most recently employed at Paychex Inc. as a sales consultant.
Neither of the two most recent aldermanic candidates to have their names on an actual ballot for a public input made it to the final round.
Both L. Michael Henriksen, who ran for a 3rd Ward seat in 2011, and Mario VanDerHeyden, who was a 3rd Ward candidate in the most recent election, received enough support from the selection task force to move ahead. Turner, who was on the task force, just won re-election in a contest against VanDerHeyden. Likewise, Henriksen ran against Rogina, who was also on the task force, in the 2011 contest for the 3rd Ward seat.