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Five St. Charles Residents Vie for Vacant 3rd Ward Seat

Updated Notice

Five eligible St. Charles residents are in the running to serve the remaining eight months left in the term of the 3rd Ward Alderman seat. The office was vacated when former Alderman William Turner resigned Aug. 10, 2020. 

The candidates will be interviewed by the full City Council in an executive session, Sept. 8, 2020. Final candidate selection will be announced at the Sept. 21, 2020, City Council meeting. 

“I am pleased that multiple residents have come forward to serve in their local government as alderman,” said Mayor Rogina. “I look forward to engaging with the City Council in the selection process for filling the 3rd Ward seat.”


Charles A. Amenta, II, has lived in St. Charles for more than 13 years. He currently is the City Clerk and served on the Liquor Control Commission from 2012-2016. He also is a bus driver for St. Charles School District 303 and is Vice President/Secretary of the Renaux Manor Homeowners Association Board.

Lucy Gruber, a 7-year resident of St. Charles, graduated from St. Charles North High School. She is an emergency Management Specialist with FEMA, and a recent graduate of Hope College in Holland, Mich.

Chris Meldrum, founder of the St. Charles Rowing Club, has lived in St. Charles for 17. She is owner of a local real estate appraisal business and worked for more than 20 years as a Treasury Bond Trader for Swiss Bank Corporation before retiring.

Christopher W. Roswold returned to St. Charles six years ago after growing up here and moving away. He currently is CEO/Managing Director/Co-Founder of Smartopia network monitoring service and Director/GM of Strategy, Planning and Execution of Custom Residential Systems home audio/video, security, and home control solutions. He also held several management positions at Walgreen Co.

*Mario VanDerHeyden is a lifelong resident of St. Charles. He currently is the Director of Inbound Transportation Procurement for Medline Industries and a long-time contributor to his family's local residential heating and air conditioning business.

*Mr. VanDerHeyden's submission was caught in the City's email filters and was not included in the original announcement. We apologize for the error.

updated Sep 14, 2020