On election night, Dick Furstenau learned his time on the Naperville City Council would soon end. But the day of his final meeting, he didn’t go into it any less prepared than he was for his first city council meeting in 1999.
“I’ve always been prepared,” said Furstenau. “I’ve never stepped into a city council meeting unprepared.”
Naperville residents elected Jim Boyajian to city council in 2003. A strong advocate of term limits, Boyajian chose to make this his final year on city council. Boyajian recently took to wearing bowties to council meetings. At his final meeting the others on the council said farewell by wearing bowties of their own.
“I really appreciated that,” said Boyajian. “It really was very nice of them to do that.”
The two men shared the same final city council meeting. Mayor Pradel honored each man with dedicating a day in his honor.
“Councilman Boyajian was a mastermind, I feel, up on the council,” said Pradel. “For Councilman Furstenau, he’s got a head on his shoulders like you wouldn’t believe, and we’re going to miss him too because he made a lot of good decisions.”
Furstenau and Boyajian were two councilmen known for their business expertise and attention to the city budget. It was something each man was proud to be recognized for.
“Whether we’re talking union contracts or city budget, I scour that with a fine tooth comb and everybody knows that,” said Furstenau.
“I feel I’ve made the most contribution in terms of elevating our financial stewardship as I would say it, and that was particularly important the last three years with the economic downturn,” said Boyajian.
While Boyajian began packing up his office last month, Furstenau is in that process now before the inauguration ceremony for the new councilmen. Both men say they’re going to take some time off but may be back in the public eye.
As each man prepares for the next chapter of his life, he’s shutting the door on his life as a councilman…and opening the door for the future of Naperville government.
Newly elected councilmen Steve Chirico and Joe McElroy, re-elected councilman Grant Wehrli and Robert Fieseler, along with Mayor Pradel, will be sworn into office on May 1st.
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