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City Council is Unanimous on Elmhurst's Interim Mayor

Mayoral candidates thanked for their "integrity" after taking themselves out of the running for interim mayor.

By unanimous vote, Elmhurst City Council members elected 5th Ward Alderman Scott Levin interim mayor. He will serve until the April 9 Consolidated Election.

Prior to the vote, the three Elmhurst aldermen who are running for mayor, Diane Gutenkauf (1st Ward), Steve Morley (6th Ward) and Mark Mulliner (7th Ward) declined any nomination.

Third Ward Alderman Michael Bram, who was serving as mayor pro tem Monday, and 1st Ward Alderman Paula Pezza agreed that candidates should not be considered for the interim position.

"I definitely support the fact that mayoral candidates would not be the best option," Pezza said.

Gutenkauf also nominated 4th Ward Alderman Stephen Hipskind. She said she based her nomination on the fact that he is the longest-running alderman who is not running for mayor and that he is chairman of the Finance Committee.

Hipskind declined the nomination, however.

"My work and family life will not allow me to do the job that needs to be done," he said.

Levin, an attorney, launched his own bid for mayor back in 2009, but lost to Peter DiCianni.

Levin was sworn in by city Clerk Patty Spencer. After taking the mayor's seat, he thanked his fellow aldermen for their vote of confidence and allowing him to assume the position.

"I will try to be a very good steward of this position until someone else is elected," he said.

DiCianni also was sworn into his new seat on the DuPage County Board on Monday. He submitted his resignation to the city of Elmhurst the same day.

"Though I look forward to continuing to serve Elmhurst at the county level, it is with a heavy heart I say goodbye to the role of mayor of my beloved Elmhurst," he wrote. "I cherish the time I have spent in the office of mayor and will miss working with my fellow elected officials, City Manager Grabowski and his staff to bring forth vision and leadership for Elmhurst's future."

Daniel Caudy December 04, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Seems to me that Pete DiCianni used the office as a stepping stone to higher office......let's see how long it is before he moves to state office.
Jim Court December 05, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Why shouldn't he want to?
D L December 05, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Jim......he made such a passionate plea to become The Mayor of the City he Loves and wants to give back to it. Then, the first opportunity he gets, he bails on his commitment to our City and lands a position with "real" pay and bennies. IN MY OPINION, he is a "typical" narcissistic politician ! I have no problem with anyone who wants to better themselves, but DON'T be so phony about it !
Jim Court December 05, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I do believe that narcissism is a modern plague and those in politics and entertainment possess large quantities of this. Sociopaths seem to exist everywhere. It truly saddens me.
ConcernedElhmhurstTaxpayer December 19, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Aren't most politicians ego manics who are all in it for themselves? Sure, there are some that are exceptions and God love them. Most love the limelight and scheme how they can maximize their ego. If not, point out one to me? The best thing to happen to Elm., was King Pete leaving ...........

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