Mayor Richard M. Daley today filled three vacancies in the Chicago City Council by naming Shirley Newsome alderman of the 4th Ward, Jason Ervin alderman of the 28th Ward and Timothy Cullerton alderman of the 38th Ward. The appointments require Council approval.
Newsome, 65, has lived in the North Kenwood-Oakland neighborhood for more than 30 years. She has been active over that time as a volunteer in numerous community organizations, including service as chairman of the neighborhood planning group, the North Kenwood-Oakland Conservation Community Council. She retired in 2006 after 43 years as a federal employee.
Ervin, 36, has a long history of involvement with the West Side neighborhoods represented in the 28th Ward. He has served on both elementary and high school local school council and has worked as a community liaison in the office of Alderman Ed Smith, whom he would succeed. In addition, since 2007 he has served as village manager of Maywood, Illinois.
Cullerton, 61, is a lifelong resident of the 38th Ward. He retired in 2003 as First Deputy Building Commissioner after a 30-year career in city government.
Daley said a thorough and open process was used to fill the vacancies. The announcement of vacancies and solicitation of applications was first posted online on November 23. The names of all applicants and their application forms were posted online. A total of 16 applications were received.
“I am confident that because of their experience and their strong connection to the people of their wards, these three people will excel in this job and I urge the Council to approve their appointments,” Daley said.
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