After a few weeks of disagreements and many meetings, the DuPage Township Board of Trustees voted to appoint a new supervisor.
Felix George, who previously served as a trustee with the township for 20 years, was appointed at the board’s Feb. 12 meeting. The previous supervisor, Bill Mayer, stepped down earlier this year for work-related reasons after more than 20 years with the township.
George returns to the township amid tensions among trustees and frustration from residents over the board’s conduct and a number of incidents over the past year or so that have drawn negative headlines. He said he was a bit hesitant to take the job but did so anyway.
“I hope I can be a peacemaker,” George said.
George said he wants the township government to be more active and connected to the residents. He wants to be at the township building multiple times a week. The supervisor’s position is a part-time job that pays $29,000 a year, according to township records.
Before George was appointed, multiple township employees were concerned about getting paid because the supervisor is the one who has to sign all checks. George said he is now able to sign the checks so employees will get their paychecks.
George said he’s been conducting listening tours to see what employees need. He insists the township government still does good work.
“We do a lot with less money, less tax dollars than most townships,” he said.