One of the first things Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene Juracek did after being sworn in to office earlier this month was appoint Richard Rogers to replace her as a trustee on the village board.
Rogers will fill out the remainder of Juracek's village board term, which ends in May 2015.
He and Juracek have served together in local government before, when both were members of the village's planning and zoning commission.
"I was honored to be appointed," Rogers said this week. "I've known (Juracek) for a while now, and I've always worked well with her. I look forward to this new post."
Rogers said that while he didn't come to the board with a detailed agenda, he does hope to see the Levee 37 flood-control project completed soon. He also pledged to help Mount Prospect maintain a stable financial policy in the years ahead.
"I think Mount Prospect has done a decent job in that area, and I want to make sure we continue that," he said.
Before accepting the village board appointment, Rogers served as chairman of the planning and zoning commission, a post he'd held since 2007, and as a regular member of the commission since 2001. He's been serving Mount Prospect since the early 1980s, when former Mayor Gerald L. "Skip" Farley appointed him to the sign-review board.
Rogers, a licensed architect and a professional engineer, moved to Mount Prospect in 1968. He runs the architectural firm ACM Associated Inc., which is based in the village. He is married with two children and two grandchildren.