GODFREY — Two outgoing Board of Trustees members will bid farewell to their respective careers as village trustees this week.
Jerry Gibson and Jeffery Weber chose not to run for re-election in April’s election. Both trustees have served multiple terms and have served under sitting Mayor Mike McCormick and former Mayor Mike Campion. Gibson and Weber will be replaced May 19 by trustees-elect Karen McAtee and Joseph Springman.
Gibson began his service to Godfrey in 2002 as a member of the Planning and Zoning Board followed by his election to trustee in 2003 and has taken on many leadership roles within the village, including chairperson of the Employee Policy Manual Review Committee, member of the Sewer Board and his current position with the Godfrey Climate Protection and Energy Efficiency Committee as well as the Safety and Finance Committee. Gibson also is a fixture at the Parks and Recreation Easter Egg hunt.
Weber was no stranger to local government prior to May 2005, when he was sworn in as a trustee. He had been active in Godfrey governance since 1995 with the Planning and Zoning Board and notably, served as president of the Alton School District Board from 1976 to 1984. As a trustee he has served on the Safety and Finance committees. As the chairperson of the Special Project Sewer Committee, he was especially influential in the Piasa Hill and North/South Intercept sewer expansion projects.
Mayor Mike McCormick highlighted the amount of time and commitment each of the departing trustees has put in, and the scope of their work for the community.
“It’s sometimes a thankless job, yet both these trustees put in an unbelievable effort to assist the citizens of this community,” McCormick said. “Jerry and Jeff have brought so much to this board, and I know they will be replaced by capable people, but that doesn’t replace their personalities and all the work they have done for us. All of us at Village Hall are thankful for their years of service.”
Gibson, who began his career in public service as a school teacher then administrator, was elected to the board in 2003. He has also been an active member of the Kiwanis. Gibson has valued his time as an elected official, noting how much he has learned and has enjoyed meeting many wonderful people — including village employees who do an excellent job executing a shared vision for Godfrey while keeping the budget balanced.
“Village employees are on the front line and do a first-rate job delivering services to village residents with consideration and kindness,” Gibson said.
“Thanks to the diversity of thought among board members, it has been a pleasure to agree and disagree with fellow trustees as I know our resulting decisions have always been the best interest of our residents,” Gibson said.
Gibson said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family and traveling in the years to come.
“In all my years working with Jerry Gibson, it was always evident that he had the best interests of Godfrey at heart,” McCormick said. Weber, who raised his family in Godfrey, first became interested in Godfrey government through placement on the Village Planning and Zoning Board. He assures his fellow trustees and community that the end of his term will not end his involvement in Godfrey.
“I have enjoyed my time serving Godfrey residents and I will certainly miss my role as trustee,” Weber said. “I look forward to seeing the village flourish in the future and am proud of the part I have been able to play over the past 10 years.”
Weber will continue to be involved on the Sewer Board as well as many local boards and advisory groups.
“Trustee Weber has a wealth of knowledge from his career at Marcal Asphalt, which benefited the village on countless occasions,” McCormick said.
McCormick and Weber were sworn in together in 2005.
“Jeff has been a committed elected official to the people of Godfrey,” McCormick said. “We are lucky to have had him on the board and grateful that he is willing to continue to serve on the Sewer Board.”
Gibson and Weber will take their final bows at the Village Board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall as McAtee and Springman are sworn in.