SAUK VILLAGE | It appears someone else will take over the reins as Sauk Village mayor after next year's election.
Longtime Mayor Roger Peckham said he has pretty much made up his mind he won't run again.
"I'll have 12 years in," Peckham said Friday. "Maybe it's time for someone new to jump in."
Although there still are eight months to go before the April 7 election and Peckham has made no official announcement about his decision, candidates have already begun to position themselves for a run for the mayor's office.
Resident Lewis Towers, a member of the village's Park and Recreation Committee and Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, has declared himself a mayoral contender. Talk also has been circulating about Trustee Derrick Burgess making a bid for mayor.
Burgess could not be reached for comment.
Prior to becoming mayor in 1997, Peckham served as a village trustee and also was village treasurer.
He was on the Sauk Village Elementary District 168 School Board for about nine years, he said, and served as its president for about four years. He also served in various capacities on the executive board of the South Suburban Mayors & Managers Association and was a treasurer on the Chicago Southland Development Inc. board of directors.
Peckham works as an auditor with the Indiana Department of Revenue.
Among the accomplishments during Peckham's administration is the continuing development of the LogistiCenter industrial park on the village's west side and the construction of a new Village Hall, which is set to be completed by Oct. 1, at the latest, he said.
"The whole term has been fun," he said. "The community has moved along during my term."
But Peckham also said he had hoped for more economic, retail and housing development in the village.
"I anticipated we'd have a lot more by now ... it's just not really happened," he said.