Williams attributes Lynwood success to working together

2013-05-19T21:00:00Z 2013-05-19T22:38:08Z Williams attributes Lynwood success to working togetherGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 19, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

LYNWOOD | The Village Board transitioned from old to new Tuesday with little change, and Village President Eugene Williams said he thinks that benefits local residents.

In the April 9 election, Williams, new Village Clerk Karen Wingfield-Bond and incumbent Trustees Willie Sims, Rich Stephens and William Lebeter all ran unopposed.

Williams said he thinks that is because local residents realize they have “a real good board that really does well” on the job.

The fact that trustees manage to get along with each other most of the time is of benefit to residents, Williams said.

“We do have our disagreements, but we manage to work together, unlike some of the (village) boards in other communities that get written up in the newspaper more often,” Williams said. “We’re not fighting over stupid stuff.”

Those officials who were elected last month all took oaths of office on Tuesday — committing them to four-year terms in office. Williams said it will be the collective effort of all officials working together that will benefit Lynwood residents.

“Sometimes, people come to me because of my (job) title and act like I’m the smartest guy in the room,” Williams said. “I’m not, but collectively, we are.”

Not that the new Village Board is completely set. There remains a vacancy created by Wingfield-Bond, who left the trustee position to which she was elected two years ago to take the village clerk post.

Williams said he expects to make an appointment to finish that term some time during June.

“We’ve got time,” he said, adding that he has a few people in mind for the post but has not settled on anyone yet.

Wingfield-Bond said she looks forward to her new post, although she acknowledges “big shoes to fill,” a reference to former Clerk Roy Valle, whose final duty as clerk on Tuesday was to administer the oaths of office to the incoming elected officials.

Lebeter said he is looking toward the future of village government.

“I hope the next four years are as good as the last four,” he said. “On goes Lynwood.”

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