Polo's new mayor, as well as other newly elected city officials, were sworn in Monday night to a packed house. Alderman Doug Knapp, who was elected mayor April 9, took the oath of office from Ogle County Judge Ben Roe.
Friends, family members, and well-wishers filled the council chambers at the city hall.
Knapp replaces Mark Scholl, who did not run again for the city's top post.
Before turning over the gavel to Knapp, Scholl thanked the community, the council, city clerk Susie Corbitt, and his wife Kathy.
Scholl stepped down after serving on the city council for 12 years — four as mayor and the previous eight as an alderman.
"I have learned that it's easy to point out what a small community lacks," he said. "But sometimes we take for granted what we have. Polo has a great many assets once you look around."
He said the council has made tough decisions during his administration, including building a new wastewater treatment plant, making zoning decisions, and enacting or amending ordinances.
"I believe we have been fair in these decisions," he said.
Scholl said he plans to continue to serve in the community.
"I will continue my involvement with the ad hoc Committee for the Polo Pool, Polo Economic Development Corporation, Polo
Athletic Booster Club, and other community organizations," he said. "I now come to the end of 12 years on the council. I am proud to say that I have done my best."
Knapp defeated Alderman Randy Schoon April 9 by a vote of 348 to 226. With two years left in his term, Schoon will continue to serve as alderman.
The council appointed Troy Boothe as alderman to serve the remaining two years in Knapp's term.
Roe also swore in Boothe, as well as other newly elected officials, including Corbitt, city treasurer Kris Clothier, and aldermen David Ackeberg, Cheryl Galor and Matt Mekeel.
Galor and Mekeel are incumbents, while Ackeberg, who previously served on the council, replaces Norm Carroll, who did not run for another term.