DuPage Township Supervisor William Mayer officially resigned from his post this week after 18 years of service with the township.
Mayer announced his retirement at the Jan. 15 township Board of Trustees meeting. He said a new opportunity through his full-time job would have him traveling and working more.
The last year or so has been a tumultuous one for the township, with a lawsuit against three trustees; a sexual harassment claim against a trustee; a forensic audit to see if any general obligation funds were misused; and upset residents being extra attentive, coming to meetings and overwhelming the office with public records requests. Still, Mayer said he's proud of the work the township has done, including helping save more than 600 homes from foreclosure and running the largest food pantry in Will County. The township also runs programs for children and seniors.
Mayer was re-elected for a four-year term in 2017 so his seat would not be up for election until 2021. He said the township board of trustees will have a meeting and vote on a replacement for him. Typically someone from the board, which consists of four trustees, will be named to replace a leaving supervisor, Mayer said.
Whoever replaces the supervisor has to be from the same party, Republican in this case. The replacement also would have to live in the township.