John O'Sullivan, who has lived, worked and volunteered in Carpentersville for several years, has been chosen to fill a vacancy on the village board.
He takes over the seat of Trustee Pat Schultz, a longtime resident who died unexpectedly last month.
The village board this week unanimously approved Village President John Skillman's appointment of O'Sullivan, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Carpentersville-Morning and sits on the Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
The four-year village resident has a bachelor's degree in political science from Loyola University and has worked for the last seven years at Otto Engineering, Carpentersville's largest employer.
"His background and his involvement in the community is crazy," Skillman said. "He wants to make our village better and keep moving forward and keep bringing businesses in. I believe he'll do a good job."
Having been appointed rather than elected to the trustee position, O'Sullivan says he intends to "reflect the will of the people" by carrying out the village president's goals. Skillman, who was elected to his first term in April, ran on a platform of reigning in property taxes, attracting new development and supporting local businesses.
"He's a really good man, and I think fundamental decency attracted me to his campaign," said O'Sullivan, who served on Skillman's campaign team. "We need to maintain that laserlike focus on fiscal discipline. People have a right to expect their money's worth out of everything, including government."
O'Sullivan says he expects to represent the business community and offer a unique perspective during policy discussions. "I'm humbled and pleased and happy to have the chance to serve," he said.
O'Sullivan will be sworn in at an upcoming board meeting and will serve until 2019, village officials said.
Skillman also plans to appoint another new trustee in the next several weeks to replace Jeff Sabbe, who is moving out of state with his family. His last meeting was Tuesday.