Barrington Hills Village Board
I have been a Barrington Hills Village Trustee for twelve years. I have Chaired Building and Grounds, Roads & Bridges and Public Safety.
I have practiced law as a litigator for over 20 years. During that time I have argued before tribunals of both judge and jury. I have fostered relationships with clients wherein I am called on to be an effective legal advisor and strategy builder with an ability to manage teams, meet objectives, and take risks into account. The majority of lawsuits are resolved outside of the courtroom and trial. As such, I have learned to take all sides into consideration in an effort to reach a resolution that considers all parties. These negotiating and mediating skills have taught me to be an effective listener and problem solver, and to do so diplomatically. My litigation background has also taught me to be an effective advocate of a position and how not to back down when the situation does not call for compromise. Most importantly, I have learned how to distinguish between the two.
I lived near the MacArthur Farm during the battle with an out of state developer over the disconnection and threatened dense development of this property. I know what is like to own a home that is directly threatened by aggressive developers and I know how important it is to have the support of your local government and your neighbors when you are doing battle with a resourceful developer. This experience provided me with a greater appreciation of the uniqueness of our village and how easily that uniqueness can be compromised by developers seeking to exploit our open space.
Second, I have extensive financial background, including 28 years of professional financial management experience, and a MBA degree in finance. I am keenly interested in making sure the village manages its finances prudently and I believe my finance background and experience will be valuable to the village in this regard. I also have experience with pension plans, which can be helpful in the oversight of the village’s pension plans.
Finally, I have served on the Planning Commission, which has provided me with experience relative to the Comprehensive Plan, development issues and familiarity with the village’s administrative staff and operations.
My public service started in 1994 when I sought a position on the North Barrington Zoning Board of Appeals in response to local development decisions. After serving on the ZBA from 1994-2004, I was appointed as a trustee to the North Barrington Village Board from 2004 - 2005. At the end of my term, I moved to Barrington Hills where I have been serving on the Plan Commission since 2010.
As a practicing attorney for 20+ years in matters of professional liability, corporate law and real estate, including land use and zoning; I have a working knowledge and the professional experience to handle the complex needs of the Village. I served as a member of the Barrington Hills Plan Commission for 8 years, including as Chairman. While on the Plan Commission, I participated in the re-draft of the Village’s comprehensive plan. As a member of the plan commission, I became versed with the Village Code and came to respect the history of our unique Village. My government service provided me an understanding of how Barrington Hills’ government works and where it can be improved.
I have volunteered my time and experience to serve with several area groups, including the Cub Scouts, vestry member of St. Mark’s Church, Barrington Hills, and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Barrington Area Conservation Trust (“BACT”). The BACT is a nonprofit organization working with Barrington municipalities and private land owners on preserving open spaces through conveyances, dedications and easements. Since my candidacy for Trustee in 2011, I have remained an active and vigilent supporter of various issues in Barrington Hills. As example, I was successful in my complaint filed with the Attorney General against the Village Board alleging violations of the Open meetings Act.