Holliday appointed to DeKalb Park Board

DeKALB — Newly appointed DeKalb Park Board commissioner Dean Holliday is ready to get to work.

"The first thing I need to do is find out what the board's plans," Holliday said. "I've got a lot to catch up on."

He was appointed during a special board meeting Monday to fill the seat left vacant commissioner Don Irving, who died Nov. 8 after battling cancer. Holliday, 73, ran for election in April 2013 and was beat out by Irving.

"We've got a lot coming up quickly," said board president Phil Young. "We wanted to make sure we had a full five board members before starting the search for a new executive director."

Although commissioners are elected for six years, Holliday said his term will run only through the next election in April 2015. He will be sworn in at a special meeting Tuesday.

"One of the big concerns right now is the [Hopkins Park] swimming pool," Holliday said. "I would like to find out where the board stands on that."

Although he's never served in an elected office before, Holliday works for the park district in the pro shop at River Heights Golf Course. He said he initially decided to run for the seat when former commissioner Dave Mason told him he didn't plan to run again.

"I want to make the park district better for everyone," Holliday said. "I have a little knowledge and, hopefully, I can contribute."