Tinley Park unveils term commission
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org February 19, 2013 10:48PM
Updated: March 21, 2013 6:40AM
Blue Island Mayor Don Peloquin and former Bremen High School Principal Vita Meyer are among the seven members of Tinley Park’s special commission to study mandatory term limits.
The commission was unveiled Tuesday night by Mayor Ed Zabrocki at the village board meeting. Its formation is in response to a Nov. 6 advisory referendum in which voters were asked whether term limits should be imposed on all elected village officials.
The referendum resulted in 72 percent of voters favoring term limits. The question was put on the ballot after a petition drive led by mayoral candidate Steve Eberhardt.
“I don’t know any of the individuals personally, but I uphold the mayor for his choices,” Eberhardt said.
Zabrocki said he picked from two pools, one of people who contacted him and one of those he contacted. He was surprised that Eberhardt liked his choices. Moments before, the mayor had said, “I could appoint God to this, and (Eberhardt) would not be happy.”
In choosing the commission members, Tinley Park looked for “proven leaders with experience in areas associated with municipal government,” village Clerk Patrick Rea said.
The commission will be led by Kent Slater, of Normal, a former justice of the Illinois Appellate Court. Also selected were John Perry, of Woodridge, a former village manager in Park Forest and Woodridge; David Ribbens, of Tinley Park, athletic director at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools; Neil Finerty, of Tinley Park, a labor consultant for a heavy manufacturing company; and the Rev. Mark Timmer, of Tinley Park, pastor of Faith Christian Reformed Church and chairman of the Tinley Park Ministerial Association.
The commission will study the pros and cons of term limits and make a report to the village board within six months of its first meeting, which likely will be held in late March, Rea said.