DeKalb mayor appoints 3rd Ward alderman
DeKALB – Mayor Jerry Smith has chosen Joyce Stupegia to fill the position as 3rd Ward alderman.
Stupegia is a trustee on the DeKalb Police Pension Board and has many years of experience as an elected official, including 18 years as village trustee and village president in Villa Park, and as president and executive director for the Villa Park Chamber of Commerce.
Stupegia will serve the remainder of former Alderman Michael Marquardt’s term until the election in April 2019. Three people have filed petition papers to run for the 3rd Ward seat in the April election: Steve Kapitan, Joel French, and Tracy Smith.
Mayor Smith has said he did not wish to make an appointment from the candidate crowd, to not play favorites as the election draws near. Instead, he wished to appoint someone willing to serve the short window.
″[Stupegia] is a known commodity for us in the city,” Smith said Monday. “She knows enough about city government, municipal government, and I think she’ll come in and be a good caretaker.”
Marquardt’s term expires May 13, and Stupegia is expected to resign from her role on the police pension board, according to the release.
Smith said there was “not that much interest from folks” to serve in an interim capacity for the 3rd Ward, since the upcoming election will give the appointee just eight meetings to attend. But he feels confident Stupegia will provide the 3rd Ward with ample representation.
“I think she’s anxious to get involved,” Smith said, “and what I’m more heartened by than anything is the fact that we found someone who has the qualifications and is willing to serve albeit a short time.”
Stupegia’s appointment is contingent on confirmation from the City Council, and Smith said that action item will be first on the agenda for the Jan. 14 council meeting.
Council will vote at the head of the meeting beginning at 6 p.m. on her confirmation, after which she will take the oath of office and immediately be able to take part in the Jan. 14 meeting.