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Judge swears in city officials

Polo Treasurer Kris Clothier takes the oath of office for her eighth term from Ogle County Judge Robert Hanson Monday at the city council meeting. Photo by Vinde Wells
Polo Treasurer Kris Clothier takes the oath of office for her eighth term from Ogle County Judge Robert Hanson Monday at the city council meeting. Photo by Vinde Wells

An Ogle County judge was on hand at Monday evening’s Polo City Council meeting to swear in two new and four returning city officials.

Judge Robert Hanson administered the oath of office to mayor Doug Knapp, city clerk Sydney Bartelt, treasurer Kris Clothier, and aldermen Justin Grobe, Jim Busser, and Keith Chesnut.

Clothier was elected to her eighth term April 4, Knapp to his second, and Bartelt is a newcomer to city hall.

All three aldermen were elected to their first four-year terms, although Busser and Grobe have been serving on the council.

Busser was appointed to his post in Ward 2 almost three years ago, replacing Matt Mekeel, who moved out of the ward. He was then elected to the unexpired two-year term in April of 2015.

Grobe was appointed to serve in Ward 1 late last summer, replacing David Ackeberg, who stepped down.

In Ward 3, Chesnut replaces Cheryl Galor, who did not run for re-election.

Galor, however, will not be leaving city government. Knapp appointed her to the Park Board to replace Bartelt.

The new council conducted the evening’s business in just 24 minutes, approving Knapp’s annual appointments to council committees, departments, and other boards and committees.

Aldermen also approved the working budget and the rates for city services for the new fiscal year, which began May 1.

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