Neighbors in the News: Schaumburg Parks leader named state sergeant-at-arms
• The Illinois Association of Park Districts appointed Bob Schmidt, Schaumburg Park District's first vice president, as sergeant-at-arms.
As sergeant-at-arms, Schmidt will assist the IAPD with its mission of advancing Illinois park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation and special recreation agencies in their ability to preserve natural resources and improve the quality of life for all people in Illinois.
He joined the IAPD Program Committee in 2007 and served as chairman in 2013. He has served on the IAPD/Illinois Park and Recreation Association Joint Distinguished Park and Recreation Accreditation Committee since 2008. He joined the IAPD/IPRA Joint Conference Committee in 2011 and served as co-chairman in 2014.
Schmidt, who was elected to the Schaumburg Park District's board of commissioners in 2003, was a teacher for Schaumburg School District 54 for 32 years. He has also been active with St. Peter Lutheran Church, the Schaumburg Athletic Association and the village of Schaumburg.
• Mark Hogan, property control custodian/court liaison officer, was selected as Bartlett Police Department's 2021 Civilian Employee of the Year for his outstanding performance and work ethic during the past year.
Hogan, who has been a member of the police department for the past four years, was recognized by his supervisors and peers for providing exceptional service and consistently presenting himself in a highly professional manner.
During the past year, Hogan received Bartlett Police Department's Employee of the Month Award for helping to implement the evidence handling software. He also received a unit citation award for displaying an extraordinary level of professionalism and remarkable proficiency to help protect members of the police department during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Elizabeth DeBock has joined Northfield Township as its new deputy assessor. She was sworn in by Clerk Caryn Fliegler at the township office in Glenview.
"Lizz brings a positive energy and years of experience in customer service to her role here at the township," said Northfield Township Assessor Alida Nally. "I am confident she'll provide excellent service to our residents requiring assistance with their property tax bills."
DeBock will serve as a property taxpayer advocate and as liaison with the Cook County Assessor's Office.
• Libertyville-based Ansel Brainerd Cook Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, presented its Outstanding Junior Award to Mary Zalinger, daughter of Pam Zalinger, the chapter's treasurer.
A Junior is a DAR member age 18 through 35. Outstanding Juniors are recognized at the chapter, state and national level.
Each year, the Ansel Brainerd Cook Chapter selects a Junior member to be its Outstanding Junior. Mary, who has been a chapter member since 2014, was recognized at the December meeting and received her pin from the Illinois State Regent, Debra Coe. She will also be recognized at the Illinois State Conference.
Mary is a physical therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist who works at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago. She is also the board president of a nonprofit that manages the Kappa Delta Sorority house in Peoria.
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