Heneghan succeeds Wroblewski as Schaumburg Township supervisor

  • Retiring after 18 years as Schaumburg Township supervisor Wednesday, Mary Wroblewski ceremonially passes her gavel to her board-appointed successor, longtime township Clerk Timothy Heneghan.

    Retiring after 18 years as Schaumburg Township supervisor Wednesday, Mary Wroblewski ceremonially passes her gavel to her board-appointed successor, longtime township Clerk Timothy Heneghan. Courtesy of Schaumburg Township

  • Former Schaumburg Township Clerk Timothy Heneghan, right, takes the oath of office as township supervisor from attorney Gary Seyring Wednesday to succeed the retired Mary Wroblewski.

    Former Schaumburg Township Clerk Timothy Heneghan, right, takes the oath of office as township supervisor from attorney Gary Seyring Wednesday to succeed the retired Mary Wroblewski. Courtesy of Schaumburg Township

  • Robert Vinnedge, appointed Schaumburg Township clerk in April 2019.

    Robert Vinnedge, appointed Schaumburg Township clerk in April 2019.

  • Timothy Heneghan, appointed Schaumburg Township supervisor in April 2019.

    Timothy Heneghan, appointed Schaumburg Township supervisor in April 2019.

 
 

Longtime Schaumburg Township Clerk Timothy Heneghan was appointed supervisor Wednesday to succeed the retiring Mary Wroblewski, while Trustee Robert Vinnedge reclaimed his former office of clerk by a similar vote of the board.

This musical chairs game of experienced elected officials ended with the vacancy of Vinnedge's trustee seat, which both he and Heneghan said they'd like to see filled by appointment at their next meeting on May 22.

A solicitation of resumes from qualified residents of the township is expected to start almost immediately, Heneghan said. But officials will be starting from scratch as no outside applicants submitted any during the supervisor search that started earlier this month with the announcement of Wroblewski's imminent retirement.

As with that search, Vinnedge's successor must by law be both a resident of the township and a member of the same political party -- in this case, Republican.

While both Heneghan and Vinnedge said they accepted their appointments with some openness to running for the new offices again in 2021, they emphasized that being two years out is too early to be able to make any final decisions.

Heneghan said his immediate plan is to keep the township's programs and services of equal or better quality to the standards Wroblewski has set since she was first elected supervisor in 2001.

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"I'm hoping everything will be the same," Heneghan said.

Wroblewski, who served on the Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board for 10 years before her 18 as township supervisor, said she remains interested in civic involvement but that she's reached a point at which her retirement from elected office will be permanent.

"I'm a person that needs to be active," she said.

Heneghan was elected township trustee in 2001 but has been clerk since 2005.

Vinnedge first served as clerk from 1997 to 2001. He rejoined the township government as one of its four trustees in 2009.

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