What an amazing first week serving District 1!
The week kicked off Monday when I was sworn in for my four year term on the DuPage County Board. The evening was a great celebration of public service, with many volunteers and supporters joining us for the Inauguration Ceremony. I was honored to have my oath of office administered by the Honorable C. Stanley Austin (retired). To me, he has always been "Mr. Austin." He was my speech coach throughout my high school career at Wheaton North High School. His support and mentorship in high school and beyond made him my first choice for the evening's ceremonies and I was grateful he agreed to join me.
Bright and early the next morning, we all got right to work. I began the morning attending the Stormwater Committee meeting, observing the judicial/public safety committee, and attending the Public Works Committee. I found them all quite interesting. The Stormwater Committee includes county board members and mayors from the towns we represent -- this is a great opportunity for cooperation across all of our units of government. I especially enjoyed the presentation at the Public Works Committee which outlined their plans for improvement and modernization over the next twenty years. This comprehensive planning is difficult but so necessary to allowing the county to make the best financial decisions going forward. I look forward to hearing more during the next meeting. Tuesday evening, I met with an Addison family to hear some of their concerns. I look forward to working with that family, and all District 1 residents, throughout my term.