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Jeremy Shaw joins Board of Trustees

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Jeremy Shaw of Forsyth has been appointed to fill the vacancy left by the recent passing of Trustee Larry Reed. Shaw, a native of Maroa and a graduate of Maroa-Forsyth High School, has lived in the Village for over eight years. He was sworn in at the October 15 Board meeting.

Shaw holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in economics from Illinois State University. He works for Caterpillar in Decatur as an orders and scheduling manager. He and his wife Angie have two children: Tyler, 7 and Katelyn, 3. In his free time he volunteers as youth coach for basketball, baseball and flag football.

Shaw said he wanted to serve the community because living here means so much to him and his family.

“This is home,” Shaw wrote in his application letter. “I love this community.”

In addition, he said that he is proud of the community and believes that he can contribute to its ongoing success. He also expressed his condolences to the Village at the loss of Reed, writing that although he didn’t know him personally he understood his were “big shoes to fill.”

He added: “I feel that it is important that Forsyth’s governmental body is prudent and responsible with taxpayer funds while supporting causes that will attract both business and residents to the Village, while providing a high quality of services to our residents.”

The Village asked that applicants describe what attributes they possess that would make them a good addition to the Board. Shaw wrote that he would “use facts and common sense to make decisions while negotiating in a positive manner and realizing that there may be many sides to an issue.”

Shaw added that his education and career experiences had helped him develop a “business acumen” that would aid him in using “sound judgement when evaluating financial situations and recommending a course of action.”

Trustee Bob Gruenewald made the motion, which was seconded by Trustee Kerry Denison. Both trustees mentioned how nice it was to have someone from a generation behind theirs getting involved in the process.

All votes were Yea. Shaw took his new place on the Board in Reed’s former seat at the table. 

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