Yorkville alderman resigns; cites job transfer
By Steve Lord firstname.lastname@example.org July 25, 2012 1:40PM
1st Ward Alderman George Gilson has resigned from the Yorkville City Council.
Updated: August 27, 2012 11:13AM
YORKVILLE — Mayor Gary Golinski is taking applications for the 1st Ward City Council seat vacated by the resignation of Alderman George Gilson.
Gilson surprised people at the City Council Tuesday night by announcing he was resigning Aug. 1 to take a new position with his company. The promotion includes a transfer and move to Iowa, he said.
Gilson was elected in 2009, so the 1st Ward seat would be up for election again in April 2013. The mayor said he is seeking to make an appointment as soon as possible for someone to serve out the term.
Gilson said he ran “on the principle of being ultra-conservative,” and he said he has done that on the council.
“If I could retake any or all votes I have cast within the time I have served, I would not change even one of them,” he said. He added that while he loves the people of Yorkville and the community, “I am deeply concerned with the path in which we are headed.”
“I truly hope you vote no to buying the REC Center and listen to the voice of the people, both in person and via referendum,” said Gilson.
Gilson also has been a precinct committeeman with the Kendall County party organization, vice chairman of the Kendall Young Republicans and sergeant-at-arms for the county’s Republican Central Committee.
Before he became an alderman, he was active in the fight against siting a landfill in Yorkville or Kendall County.
Golinski said people should send to him or the city resumes or letters of interest if they are interested in joining the City Council. The potential new alderman must live in the 1st Ward, have no criminal history and not owe the city money, the mayor said.