Nokomis has a new mayor and new city commissioner after a special meeting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1.
During the special meeting, the council accepted the resignation of Mayor Russell Foster in a letter dated Friday, June 26. Commissioner Mike Holliday was appointed to fill the vacancy, and Louis Stauder was appointed to fill Holliday’s vacancy as commissioner.
“I don’t think there’s much to discuss,” Commissioner Jocko Nash said before making the motion to fill Foster’s vacancy with Holliday, who had been serving as mayor pro tem.
Holliday’s first action after taking the oath of office, administered by Clerk Rachel Hill, was to appoint Stauder to fill his vacancy. Hill then administered the oath to Stauder.
In his letter of resignation, Foster said that he had “decided it is in my family’s best interest to step down as mayor of the city of Nokomis effective immediately.”
He expressed gratitude to the citizens of the city who “put their trust and belief in me and elected me as their mayor. In the last year we have accomplished a lot, and I hope that the next mayor and this council will continue to do the good work I had hoped to accomplish. I set out on this mission with unselfish motives and sincerely wanted to make a difference in this community.
“My family has supported me 100 percent, and we are in no way embarrassed by my past, because it has made me the man I am today. I will always be one who accepts people for who they are today and not what they did in the past, especially 25 years ago. With that being said, I do feel in order to protect my family from further public and anonymous scrutiny, I will bow out gracefully and wish this city the best in future endeavors. I moved to Nokomis in 1997 and the community welcomed me and my family with open arms. My family will continue to be proud members and business owners of this community.”
Referencing the last city council meeting in a letter to the editor that will appear on the opinion page of Monday’s newspaper, Commissioner Ann Brookshire said that the Nokomis City Council did not “fire” Woodard and Curran as water operators as appeared in the newspaper headline. “This mutual separation was due to unforeseen legality in regards to a grievance with the Illinois Labor Relations Board and union representation, and not for cause or contractual issues with Woodard and Curran,” the letter states.