Incoming alderman assures residents they will be ‘well-represented’
DeKALB – Joyce Stupegia, 80, said she was motivated to serve her community when she expressed her desire to serve the 3rd Ward for a short term.
“I contacted Mayor [Jerry] Smith to let him know I was interested,” Stupegia said in an email. “He and I communicate regularly, and I wanted him to be aware that I was willing to serve on the city council in an interim capacity.”
Mayor Smith announced Friday he had appointed Stupegia to the 3rd Ward spot.
Ward 3 Alderman Michael Marquardt resigned abruptly Dec. 6. Marquardt, who was elected to the council in April 2015, was charged weeks later with forgery and theft in DeKalb County court. DeKalb County prosecutors allege in court records that Marquardt had written seven checks totaling $9,500 from his former employer, Kishwaukee Country Club, to himself. Marquardt is due in court at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 9.
Stupegia’s scheduled Wednesday press conference was canceled Monday morning because of an illness in her family, according to interim assistant city manager Raymond Munch.
Though the 3rd Ward has seen a lack of representation on the council since Marquardt, Stupegia wants to assure residents they will be taken care of in her four-month stint.
“The ward will be well represented,” Stupegia said. “Mayor Smith moved in a swift and deliberate manner to ensure the vacancy would be filled in a timely fashion. I will work diligently to address any and all resident concerns during my brief term on the city council.”
Stupegia will serve until the election in April. Three people have filed petition papers to run for the 3rd Ward seat in the April election: Steve Kapitan, Joel French, and Tracy Smith.