Chavez takes over as Burnham village clerk

2013-06-12T10:39:00Z 2013-06-13T01:02:05Z Chavez takes over as Burnham village clerkGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
June 12, 2013 10:39 am  • 

BURNHAM | Village government has a new clerk.

Village President Robert Polk chose Trustee Lus Chavez to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Nancy Dombrowski following a raid last month of Village Hall by the FBI.

The execution of a search warrant at Village Hall, 14450 Manistee Ave., by federal investigators was done May 29, and Dombrowski submitted her resignation one day later. FBI officials, who will not say what the focus of the investigation is, took computers and files from Village Hall during their raid.

On Wednesday, Chavez said she was contacted by Polk right after Dombrowski resigned after having held the post for nearly three decades. Although Chavez did not officially take over the position until the Village Board approved the appointment when it met Tuesday night.

Wednesday was her first full day on the job.

Chavez declined to comment on anything related to the ongoing FBI investigation, but said of assuming the clerk’s position, “I’m going to work with people. I’m going to do the job.”

Dombrowski and Chavez were among the candidates for municipal office in Burnham who were elected to four-year terms in the April 9 elections. Chavez, who was appointed to a village trustee seat vacancy last year by Polk, got 411 votes to win a four-year term.

She now will complete the clerk’s term that runs through April 30, 2017. Prior to serving in village government, Chavez — a 17-year resident of Burnham — was a longtime member of the School Board for Burnham Elementary School District 154 1/2.

Her moving up means there is now a vacancy on the Village Board that Polk will need to fill. Polk was not immediately available to comment Wednesday, but told the Chicago Tribune he hoped to fill the position within 60 days.

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