The Mayor is nominated by the Riverwoods Caucus committee and is elected to a four-year term. The Mayor acts as the executive branch of village government and is responsible for the administration of village operations. The Mayor is also president of the Board of Trustees. As president, the Mayor presides over all board meetings and can cast tie-breaking votes. Individuals who serve as Mayor receive a stipend and a municipal benefits package as compensation.
I want to start my term as Mayor by thanking Mayor Emeritus John Norris. John is a most definitely a tough act to follow. Looking back over his time in office – from Trustee to Mayor – there are many accomplishments.
I will summarize what Trustee Haber listed at Mayor Norris’ last full meeting on April 20:
Most visible of the accomplishments during Mayor Norris’ term are the building of Village Hall, the creation of the Campus and the acquisition of public space, specifically the land across from Village Hall. His service to the Village included the passage of the Woodlands Preservation Ordinance, the expansion of the sewer system to South Riverwoods and of other water systems that added additional fire hydrants to improve fire protection. Importantly, John also worked to secure an alternate municipal water source from Northbrook at considerable savings to the Village. As Mayor, John also developed the first financial budget and increased transparency of the operations of the Village.
All in all, Mayor John Norris left our Village with a legacy that’s going to be difficult to match and we are all grateful for his commitment and service to Riverwoods.
It’s now our turn to continue to move our Village forward. As a community, we will move forward preserving that which has been left to us, and where and when possible, improving our stewardship of our special environment and the services to Riverwoods residents.
I thank Mayor Emeritus John Norris for his service and his gracious and generous help in the transition to a new Mayor. I thank the residents of Riverwoods for the opportunity and honor to serve as Mayor.