Sylvan Township has a new supervisor

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Sylvan Township Hall

Sylvan Township’s supervisor has resigned and a new one was appointed to fill in as the temporary pick until the election in 2022.

In a letter to the township clerk, dated April 19, 2021, David Brooks, who was elected Sylvan Township Supervisor last November, put forth his resignation that was effective that day.

“The last six months have been more frustrating than I could ever have imagined,” Brooks said in the letter that was made available in the township board’s May 4 meeting packet.

“At 79 I don’t have 3.5 more years to waste,” Brooks said in the letter. “For the last few days I’ve been working on the Backyard Fiber network and find the work enjoyable and rewarding. Sorry to have let you down.”

David Brooks. photo from Sylvan Township website

At the May 4 township board meeting, clerk Kathleen Kennedy said with regret and sadness the board had to officially accept his resignation.

Once that was completed, the board went about filling the vacancy with an appointment. Township treasurer Rod Branham made the motion to appoint Kennedy to the important leadership/management role of supervisor.

In giving his support for the appointment, board trustee Kurt Koseck said Kennedy has done a good job in the clerk’s role.

In expressing appreciation for the support, Kennedy said she loves government/public sector work and is honored to take on the role for the next year or so. In addition to her years as a clerk, Kennedy also has a Bachelor’s degree in political science.

Kathleen Kennedy. photo from the Sylvan Township website

The Sun Times News followed up with Kennedy after the meeting to ask her if there was anything in particular she wanted the community to know about her and this appointment.

With this appointment, Kennedy becomes the first woman supervisor in Sylvan Township.

“I am honored to have the support of residents and the Sylvan Township Board,” she said. “I will do my best to represent all Sylvan Township residents and I look forward to serving in this new role.”

She has to be sworn in to be able to officially take over the role. The township board will now look to appoint an interim clerk.

Both positions (supervisor and clerk) will be on the same ballot with the Governor's races in 2022, August (Primary) and November (General).

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