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Waukegan’s Drew elected NSSD president

Steve Drew

Steve Drew

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Updated: January 14, 2013 7:23AM

GURNEE — Trustees of the North Shore Sanitary District elected Stephen Drew of Waukegan’s Ward 2 as their board president next year.

The election took place at the board’s annual organizational meeting Wednesday.

Drew had been serving as the district’s vice president and is a previous president of the five-member elected board.

Daniel Pierce of Highland Park was elected vice president. He has been serving for the past three years as board president. Trustee Tom Swarthout of Lake Forest was elected treasurer, with Assistant General Manager David Miller named deputy treasurer.

Lake County Circuit Court Judge Jay Ukena, a former general counsel for the district, installed the five board members, including newly elected Trustee Preston Carter of Ward 1, Beach Park, and Beverly Young of Ward 3, Waukegan.

Staff administrative assistant Mary Jo Bryant was re-appointed district secretary, as was attorney Greg Jackson and Ann Linn as assistant attorney.

Trustees also honored retiring Trustee John Paxton of Ward 1 in Winthrop Harbor by adopting a resolution praising his nearly 30 years of service as a NSSD trustee. Paxton held the office of board president six times, vice president also for six terms and district treasurer for 12 terms.

The board also set its 2013 meeting calendar for the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the district’s headquarters in Gurnee, except for October, when the board has a conflict and will meet on the third Wednesday of that month.

Trustees also displayed a generous holiday spirit by awarding $125 cash holiday gifts to each of nearly 100 employees. The gift program was originally instituted in 1999 with $100 gifts, and adjusted upwards beginning in 2009 tied to the Consumer Price Index.

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