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Lake Zurich mayor needs to fill another empty village board trustee seat

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Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton will get to make his third village board trustee appointment in slightly more than a year since he became the top elected official there.

Poynton will look to replace Mark Loewes, who resigned his trustee post this week. Loews, who is moving to Texas with his family, was elected to a 2-year seat in April 2013.

"I want to thank Mark for his service to the community," Poynton told Loewes during this week's village board session. "This is not an easy job, as Mark found out. I appreciate that you ran for election and stepped into this job. I only wish it could be longer."

At some point, Poynton will present a candidate to the five remaining village board trustees. The village board must ratify the mayor's trustee selection.

In June 2013, Poynton selected Jonathan Sprawka to fill the final two years of the trustee term he vacated to become mayor. After Trustee Dana Rzeznik resigned in January, Poynton tapped Steve O'Connor to fill a term that runs until April 30, 2015.

Loewes, 48, a sales manager, easily defeated Debra Vander Weit to capture the 2-year trustee seat last year. Both were first-time candidates.

At his final meeting, Loewes offered parting comments related to the village seeking a comprehensive analysis of fire department operations. He voiced concern about whether personnel cuts could result from the study.

"When you get into a gray area of cutting back staff, there comes a window where maybe one more is OK, until you need that one more," Loewes said.

He was known for his civic involvement through organizations including the Lake Zurich Lions Club and Lake Zurich Flames youth football.

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