LaGesse resigns Bradley post

May 1, 2019

BRADLEY — Longtime Bradley Village Board Clerk Mike LaGesse resigned his elected position Friday, citing health reasons.

On Monday, LaGesse, 75, explained his action had nothing to do with the abrupt resignation of 10-year Mayor Bruce Adams.

LaGesse said he had been considering this move for more than a month, and when he brought his letter of resignation to Bradley’s administrative office Friday, he learned Adams also was resigning.

Clerk since 2001, LaGesse had served under the mayoral tenures of Jerry Balthazor, Gael Kent and Adams.

A Democrat, LaGesse also has been a Kankakee County Board member since 1990. He said after explaining his situation to Kankakee County Board Chairman Andy Wheeler, he will remain a member of the board.

He said his medical condition might cause him to miss some county board meetings. His county board term expires in 2020.

“The Bradley position was so much more of a time commitment,” LaGesse said. “It was just something I couldn’t do, and I didn’t think it was fair to the others if I stayed on. This had nothing to do with Mayor Adams stepping down.”

Teresa Richert, the village’s deputy clerk since 2012, has filled in for LaGesse in the past and will continue in this role.