Mayor Raymond Rogina has appointed Lucy Gruber to fill the open 3rd Ward Alderman seat. The St. Charles City Council officially will vote on the appointment at the Sept. 21, 2020, City Council Meeting, after which Gruber will be sworn in.
Five candidates for the open 3rd Ward seat were interviewed by Mayor Rogina and the full City Council in an executive session, Sept. 8, 2020. Mayor Rogina selected Gruber for appointment with the advice and consent of the City Council.
Gruber will serve the remaining eight months left in the term of the 3rd Ward alderman seat, following the resignation of former Alderman William Turner on Aug. 10, 2020.
Lucy Gruber grew up in St. Charles. She currently is an emergency Management Specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – Department of Homeland Security. She graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich., with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in Communication.
“As a recent college graduate who chose to return to St. Charles, Lucy represents an interesting demographic,” said Mayor Rogina. “It was the general consensus that we, as a Council, could gain so much from incorporating the fresh perspective Lucy will bring. She represents an important segment of our population who has the ability to significantly contribute to the long-term vitality of St. Charles.”
Gruber previously served the community as the St. Charles North High School representative to the Downtown St. Charles Partnership (now the St. Charles Business Alliance). “When I saw the vacant 3rd Ward Alderman seat announcement, I knew that it was an opportunity I was eager to pursue,” Gruber said. “I feel enthusiastic when I think about representing a demographic of our community that is becoming more actively involved in public affairs, as well as serving the people of the 3rd Ward. Whether it is social justice, community engagement, or business development, these items of interests are at the forefront of many young adults in the City of St. Charles. I feel confident that I can exemplify a unique perspective that engages an emerging and growing part of the greater St. Charles community. I could not be more thankful and excited to join such a dedicated and talented team of professionals in my hometown.”