DeKalb Mayor plans to appoint new alderman in coming days

December 27, 2018

DEKALB – Mayor Jerry Smith says he plans to announce his pick for a third ward alderman in the coming days.

Smith said Thursday he could make the announcement as early as Friday, but anticipates it will be made at the latest by next week.

“Once we move beyond the first of the year, we’ll be smoother sailing,” Smith said.

Smith said he feels positive going into the new year, especially with incoming City Manager Bill Nicklas set to take the reins on Jan. 1, and a replacement third ward alderman coming along shortly after.

Following former Alderman Michael Marquardt’s abrupt resignation Dec. 6 – and charges of forgery and fraud by Marquardt from his former employer announced not long after – it fell to Smith to choose someone to complete the remainder of Marquardt’s term, which ends not long after the municipal election in April.

Smith must name an appointee within 30 days of Marquardt’s Dec. 6 resignation. The City Council then has 30 days from the date of the appointment to approve the selection.

Three people – Steve Kapitan, Joel French, and Tracy Smith – have filed to run for the seat in April. Smith said his pick will not come from that pool.

“I had made the decision to appoint someone who is not in the running,” Smith said. “I think it would be difficult for any of the [candidates] to serve in that capacity while they are hard at work campaigning. Also, I want to avoid the impression that I am favoring one of the candidates over the other.”

Smith said he expects the council to vote on the appointment at its Jan. 14 meeting.

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