Silver Lake Trustee Snow resigns; board will establish method for finding replacement

silver-lake-VHSilver Lake Trustee David Snow’s resignation — hinted at last month — was made official Wednesday night when it was accepted by a unanimous vote of the present board members.

Snow’s resignation was prompted by a new job that would not let him fulfill his trustee responsibilities, he told last month.

Later in the meeting, Trustee Barbara Ironside made a motion to leave the seat open until it could be filled at the next regular election in April 2014, but later withdrew it when there seemed to be little support for it.

Ironside said she wanted to avoid having someone appointed who had not stood for election and perhaps have their major qualification be being a political ally of one board faction or the other.

“The people in this village voted,” Ironside said. ” I don’t think we have a right to put someone on the board that was not in the election and ran.”

The two remaining unsuccessful candidates from the April election likely would not be appointed to the board because they are not aligned politically with the majority of the current board. This same dynamic apparently led to Soti Wilber being appointed to the board to fill a vacancy created by Gerber assuming the presidency in April, even though Wilber finished last among all trustee candidates in the April election.

Trustee Mike Decker said he was not comfortable leaving the Snow seat open because the board could be facing some tough decisions this year — especially at budget time. Having only six members voting could see the board deadlocked.

President Sue Gerber suggested she could routinely abstain in that instance, but village attorney Linda Gray said Gerber could only abstain when she had legal grounds to do so.

Gerber also suggested that  Silver Lake might consider a process such as has been followed by Paddock Lake, which also has had two trustee seat vacancies in the last two months. There, the village president has solicited letters from interested individuals to establish a pool from which a nominee is selected.

Seeing little support for her leaving the seat vacant motion, Ironside ultimately tabled her motion. What procedure to follow is expected to be discussed at the next Village Board meeting on June 19.



  1. Pat Wilson says:

    Mr. Snow resigns. Another Albrech puppet hits the road. Big deal. Maybe he finally realized what a mess their crew has left. Leave the seat open. Save some money for a change.

  2. sandy says:

    @Pat Wilson I don’t understand why you have to always be so negative. Didn’t your parents teach you that if you had nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all!!!
    Also, if you were not aware, by leaving that seat open, that leaves the possibility that there might be a tie on an important vote. Which only delays the issue and has to go back and forth for an extended period of time, which does no one any good. So yes, the little bit of cost savings would be nice, but I think the necessity out weights the cost savings in this instance.

  3. Bernard Punsley says:

    Pat Wilson……..with all due respect, did you take a “Make Me Bitter” pill today, or the whole bottle? Jeff Albrecht brought a professionalism to the village board that was sorely needed. Whether you agree with Dave Snow or not, he attempted to do the same, and he usually did his homework. And if you think he was a “puppet” on the Fire/Rescue issue, you werent’ at the same meetings most of us were!!! Jeff Albrecht’s legacy will be the improvement to the fire/rescue capabilities that have already started, and will continue to do so, to the overall benefit of ALL of the citizens of Silver Lake. He may not have been able to stop the train whistles during his tenure, but he certainly got the “Upgrade Silver Lake Emergency Services” train up and running. Attempts to derail it have so far failed miserably. Pat, if you are having trouble swallowing one of your “bitter pills”, stop by SLRS and ask to borrow a laryngescope. That might help get it down your pie hole.

  • Follow us on

  • Archives