Dozens of residents witnessed four members of the Naperville City Council be sworn in today.
Incumbents Judy Brodhead, Paul Hinterlong, and Doug Krause had the city’s vote last April and were reelected. Newcomer Dave Wentz took his seat on the council for the first time.
Members could choose a reverend to take their oaths. Reverend Don Hennessy swore in Paul Hinterlong and Doug Krause. Hennessey once did the same for Mayor Pradel.
Krause dedicated his speech to thanking his campaign manager, his family, and his faith.
“We are all on a mission to serve. To be enthusiastic and go deep and keep Jesus in the center of our mission. Thank you everyone, thank you,” said Krause.
Councilwoman Brodhead shed a few tears as she thanked her husband, and blew a kiss to him in the audience.
“So much looking forward to. Naperville is such a fabulous place. We are so lucky to be here and thank you,” said councilwoman Brodhead.
Four years ago, Councilwoman Broadhead and Councilman Paul Hinterlong were sworn in on the same day.
“When I look at my pictures four years ago and I had some hair,” he laughed. “Now I don’t have much at all, but that shows what these last four years have been with the economy. I think as a team and that’s what we are, a team, we’ve made it happen and we are doing a whole heck of a lot better than a lot of other surrounding communities.”
David Wentz, an attorney, is known for serving the community as a Naperville Township Trustee among several other things.
“It’s been said that Naperville is the greatest community in America and that’s because we give back. This is all about giving back. This is about dedicating yourself to a proposition that we can do this and I look forward to working together as a team with this council. This is a tremendous honor, a tremendous privilege and believe me I’m very grateful,” said the newest councilman, David Wentz.
Wentz and the rest of the council members will serve until the next election four years from now.
City Councilman Steve Chirico is expected to formally announce his run for the mayor’s office in the spring of 2015, at the next council meeting on Tuesday, May 7th.
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