City council OK’s 2 appointments

March 19, 2019

KANKAKEE — Barbi Brewer-Watson is the newest member of the Kankakee administration, and comptroller Elizabeth Kubal is the latest member of the regional wastewater utility board.

Brewer-Watson’s appointment was approved Monday by a 14-0 vote, and Kubal’s appointment was ratified by a 13-0 vote.

Brewer-Watson, who has been the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce president and CEO since December 2015, will begin her $75,000 per year position as Community Development Agency executive director on April 1.

Kubal, who will collect per-meeting pay of $600, will begin her new position as a member of the seven-person Kankakee River Metropolitan Agency board in May as she will replace Alderman Dennis Baron. The Bourbonnais resident retails her comptroller’s position.

Baron is not seeking re-election to the Kankakee City Council, where he has been an alderman since May 1987. The new council member replacing Baron will be elected April 2, but will not be seated on the council until May.

Kubal has been the city comptroller for nearly six years. Prior to being hired by then-Mayor Nina Epstein, she was the comptroller of the Bourbonnais Township Park District.

Brewer-Watson will be the city’s first CDA director since the February 2018 resignation of Cliff Cross, who left the city to take a new position in Texas.

The CDA is responsible for community outreach, improving city assets for development, assisting with economic development projects and housing initiatives.