Matthew Dolick, who has seniority on the Prospect Heights City Council due to his service as alderman dating back to 2016, was voted in as acting mayor at Monday night’s council meeting.
Dolick succeeds Nicholas Helmer, who died on Jan. 26 at the age of 79. He will serve out the remainder of Helmer’s third term as mayor until next April’s election.
Fellow aldermen voted 4-0 approving a resolution to elect Dolick as acting mayor. Dolick abstained from the vote. He will retain his role as 5th ward alderman, according to the resolution. ”Any resignation from his current office as city alderman would require a written, formal letter of resignation,” the resolution states.
Dolick was appointed 5th ward alderman in 2016. The 5th ward is located on the city’s east side and includes Prospect Heights’ portion of Chicago Executive Airport, plus areas along Piper Lane and the Quincy Park neighborhood.
State law gives the city council authority to elect an acting mayor to fill the vacancy.
According to Deputy City Clerk Karen Schultheis, 4th ward Ald. Danielle Dash was elected mayor pro tem at the start of Monday’s council meeting before the vote to appoint Dolick was made at the end of the 90-minute meeting.
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