At the very end of a four-hour series of meetings, McHenry County College Trustee Tom Wilbeck tendered his resignation.
He explained that he and his wife had decided to downsize and had purchased a new home in McHenry County.
“Last Thursday, I discovered it was in [the Harper College District.]
“To my chagrin I must tender my resignation tonight.
“It really hurts, but I must resign.”
Wilbeck, a resident of Lakewood until he and his wife moves to Barrington Hills next month, said he had learned a lot on the Board and wished the college well.
“You said you had learned a lot,” Board President Ron Parrish replied.
“I think we’ve learned a lot from you.
“You will be missed.”
Wilbeck ran in tandem with Cary’s Chris Jenner. The two ousted two long-term incumbents on the platform of curbing property taxes and killing a health club proposal advanced as a public-private partnership in which the taxpayers would be taking all the risk.
Last year, the three newly-elected board members (Molly Walsh being the third) joined with incumbent Parrish to insist on a budget that did not increase taxes for district residents.
Wilbeck was tenacious in his requests for data on how fully utilized campus classrooms were. In discussion earlier in the night regarding selection of a consultant utilization was clearly a prime topic.
Because it is more than four months until the April election, when two six-year terms are up, there will be a special election to fill the final four years of his term.
Within sixty days, the remaining Board members will select a temporary replacement to fill out the time between the appointment and the swearing in of whoever wins the four-year term election.