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Longtime Maple Park village clerk retires

Liz Peerboom recognized at Tuesday board meeting

Kathy Curtis, (L) and retiring Maple Park Village Clerk Liz Peerboom pose at the Nov. 5 village meeting, as Peerboom retired from her longtime position as village clerk.
Kathy Curtis, (L) and retiring Maple Park Village Clerk Liz Peerboom pose at the Nov. 5 village meeting, as Peerboom retired from her longtime position as village clerk.

MAPLE PARK – Liz Peerboom, the longtime Maple Park village clerk, has retired, and the Village Board recognized her for her service at its Tuesday meeting.

Peerboom said she had some health concerns to address that are keeping her from working until she’s 65, as she initially had hoped to do.

“I may do something else in the summer,” she said. “I have some health issues to deal with, so I’ve decided to retire from Maple Park and take care of those things.”

Peerboom had served as village clerk since May 2011 while also having served in a similar capacity for the city of DeKalb, her hometown, for 19 years.

“I’m going to miss the people I’ve worked with,” she said. “My fellow employees have been like family. It’s been an honor to serve Maple Park. I had a great time every day I came to work.”

With family living nearby in DeKalb, including a couple of grandchildren, Peerboom is looking forward to having more free time to spend with them.

“I’ll definitely be spending more time with the grandkids,” she said. “I’ve got an 8-year-old and a 13-year-old, and you don’t realize until you have grandkids how much fun you can have with them.”

Terri D’Amato was named acting village clerk, effective Tuesday.

“The personnel committee will establish the job posting, and we’ll take applications,” Village President Kathy Curtis said. “Terri is welcome to apply for the job. Once the posting is complete, we’ll interview and make a full-time hire.”

The village clerk is responsible for the preparation and retention of official village records. The clerk also facilitates agenda preparation and distribution for meetings and maintains the Maple Park Municipal Code. In addition, he or she records various documents with the county recorder and files the budget document and tax levy ordinance with the county clerk.

Curtis acknowledged that Peerboom will be missed.

“Liz brought professionalism to the village of Maple Park,” she said. “She assisted us with a lot and leaves on good terms. We’re happy she is taking a new avenue.”

In somewhat related employment news with the village, Curtis and the Village Board agreed to amend the text of the municipal code to create the position of village administrator.

The administrator will be the chief administrative officer for the village of Maple Park and have control over day-to-day operations.

The village previously had agreed to lease the services of Dawn Wucki-Rossbach through GovTempsUSA as village admininstrator, effective Aug. 6, for a term that’s effective through Aug. 5, 2020.

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