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Mayor Promotes Firefighter to Lieutenant, Announces New Character Counts President

Residents reminded to give their opinions on new city manager at Feb. 23 forum or via online survey.

Elmhurst firefighter Tim Lisowski, 36, was sworn as a lieutenant at Monday’s City Council meeting.

He served the Elmhurst fire department for 10 years, beginning as a paramedic. He has a degree from Southern Illinois University and several certifications, including hazardous materials coordinator.

“One of my favorite things is to see these guys rise through the ranks,” Elmhurst Mayor Pete DiCianni said before swearing him in.

T-shirts for All

DiCianni also announced the new president for the program in Elmhurst is local chiropractor Dr. John Jevitz.

The Character Counts program touts six pillars of character students can aspire to: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. The national program includes  character education support materials to encourage children to be the best that they can be.

“We profess this in school, in the workplace. The pillars of character are very important,” DiCianni said. “I’m so elated with the new president. He exemplifies character. He’s got a ton of energy.”

Jevitz’s first goal is to provide every Elmhurst resident with a Character Counts T-shirt and car decal this year. Elmhurst College also is partnering in the mission.

Search Begins

DiCianni also reminded the public that input is needed as the search begins for a new city manager.

"We have been privileged, delighted and very fortunate to have a city manager that has been with us since 1984 as a city manager, 40 years as a ctiy employee," he said of Tom Borchert, "Those are tough shoes to fill."

From 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, the city will hold a public forum at City Hall to learn what residents want in a new city manager.DiCianni encouraged everyone to attend that meeting or to fill out an online survey.

"This is a very important decision for everyone that's a resident of this town," he said.

The city manager must handle complaints; personnel, economic development and historical preservation issues; intergovernmental issues with the parks and schools; stormwater issues; and basically everything to do with the day-to-day operations of the city, he said.

"The person that we're looking for is a very critical person," DiCianni said. "We need to hear from you."

Joe O'Malley February 11, 2011 at 02:01 AM
What is this the inner-city where we're all going to wear t-shirts to boost self esteem and the feeling of belonging? I've noticed that the Community Organizer In Chief is big into t-shirts. Oh yes ..."The Character Counts program touts six pillars of character students can aspire to: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. The national program includes character education support materials to encourage children to be the best that they can be." Oooh...support materials....will it have lot's of pictures of smiling Kumbaya facial expressions? More symbolism over substance. Parent(s) should be instilling these basic foundations in their children, not the "It takes a village" crowd. Another meaningless liberal attempt to feel good about one's self. "How about just saying no to being a jerk the rest of your life?" Oh no, we need another goverment program........
Jim Trost February 11, 2011 at 10:47 PM
You two are idiots. Character Counts is a seperate organization, not tied to the City in any way nor does it receive taxpayer money. It raises it own money through private donations and that's how they are paying for the shirts/decals. Of course, you clowns neither would know about that nor care. You would much rather sit behind your computer screen and complain. That's much easier than actually doing something positive in the community.
Bill Angel April 12, 2011 at 04:01 PM
Jim, we encourage you to take in a City council meeting or two so you can see first hand how mean, unfair, disrespectful and unqualified the Community Organizer in Chief is in action. Character Counts is directly tied to the City by way of the printing "support materia"l is done out of some very powerful printing outfit in Addison. We care about our families and friends and, it is a parents job to train and develop "character" at home. Not some government sponsored program. Jim, shame on you for the name calling! Grow up and see the truth.
Joe O'Malley April 12, 2011 at 04:17 PM
High Five Bill...I thought this thread was dead. However, I have been called worse by much more enlightened people.

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