Richard Balla was sworn in as Alderman of Ward 1 at the Aug. 2, 2021, City Council Meeting. Balla will serve the remaining two years in the term following former Alderman Dan Stellato’s retirement June 21, 2021.
Balla is a life-long resident of St. Charles and has been a resident of the 1st Ward since 1997. He is a graduate of St. Charles High School and Iowa State University and is the Vice President of Accounting at Tour Edge Golf in Batavia, Ill.
Four eligible St. Charles residents applied for the seat. The candidates were interviewed by the full City Council in an executive session July 26, 2021, after which Mayor Vitek nominated Balla for appointment. The City Council officially voted on the appointment at the Aug. 2 City Council meeting.
“I would like to extend a warm welcome to Alderman Balla,” said Mayor Lora Vitek. “He has a genuine desire to give back to his community and I am glad he stepped forward to serve as alderman. He will bring a welcome perspective to the City Council.”
We asked Ald. Balla a few questions about serving in the Ward 1 seat. His thoughts are below:
What are you looking forward to in your new position as alderman?
First, I would like to thank Mayor Vitek and the rest of the City Council for approving me to serve out the remainder of the term of Alderman Stellato. I am looking forward to serving the 1st ward residents along with the rest of the residents of the City of St. Charles and growing small business and making St. Charles an even better city than it is now.
Why was it important for you to run for your position?
It was important for me to run for Alderman in the recent election to give back to a city where I grew up and have spent my entire adulthood. St. Charles is a great place to live or own a business and I hope to improve on our growth for years to come.
What do you see as a good opportunity in St. Charles?
The opportunities for St. Charles are vast. The city is working towards the finish of First Street Development which has changed our downtown for the better. Future developments like the former Charlestowne Mall, Pheasant Run, and the old police station are great growth opportunities for the city that hopefully we can begin to work on soon.