CRETE | The Village Board appointed Dan Taylor as trustee to serve out the remaining two years on Daniel Bachert’s term on Monday. The move came just one day before the general election that will replace at least two of the trustees who appointed Taylor.
Bachert resigned effective March 19. He turned in his resignation on March 9.
Two residents spoke out against the move prior to the appointment.
During public participation, Crete resident Dean Gaffney asked Village President Michael Einhorn and the board to table the appointment for two weeks until after the election.
“The newly elected board should have the right to fill the term,” Gaffney said. “That will allow the residents to have a say in the process, since they will be voting on the board members tomorrow.”
Gaffney said his position has nothing to do with Taylor, just the process.
Don Seehausen, who is running against Einhorn for village president, also said that there was a conflict of interest with board members.
“I believe that his (Bachert’s) spot could have been put on the election ballot,” Seehausen said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way. The least that can be done now is to table it until the new village president and new board are seated.”
Trustee Mark Wiater asked if the entire agenda should be tabled.
“Maybe we should table everything until after the election,” Wiater said. “Does that seem logical? The board has to continue to operate and do business in the name of the village. The residents did speak when they elected this board, including Bachert, last election. We do the work we are supposed to do based on the public’s decision to put us in office.”
Einhorn then made his recommendation of Taylor to fill the position, and asked the board to approve it. The vote was unanimous, 5-0, in favor of appointing Taylor. Trustee Larry Bellar was absent from the meeting.
Taylor was sworn in and seated with the board for the rest of the meeting.
Bachert was elected in 2010 to a four-year term. In late February, he accepted a new job with General Motors that required him to move to Tennessee. He resigned his trustee position and moved in March.
The deadline to put a trustee position on the April 2013 general election ballot was December 26, 2012. That date was confirmed by Village Clerk Deb Bachert.
Rumors and accusations have swirled around the village that Bachert knew he was going to have to resign before the December 26 deadline. That would have allowed the position to be put on the election ballot.
But the rumors have been unsubstantiated to date. Previously, Bachert said he did not know about the move until late February, when he was offered the job with GM. Einhorn said he did not know anything until Bachert told him about the possibility in February. All of that was at least six weeks after the December deadline.