JOLIET – The Will County Board welcomed a new member Thursday.
Debbie Militello, R-Channahon, was sworn in Thursday to a seat on the board by Judge Ray Nash. Militello was nominated by the Will County Republican Central Committee to fill the vacant seat left by the resignation of former board member Ragan Freitag.
Militello said it’s a great honor to serve on the County Board.
“I am going to work hard,” she said. “I promise to work hard and represent my district. I’m very excited.”
County Board Majority Leader Chuck Maher, R-Naperville, welcomed Militello to the board.
“She has a lot of experience in government, not only serving and working in different government bodies, but being an elected official herself,” Maher said. “I think she brings a lot of experience, and she will do a good job helping serve District 6.”
County Board Minority Leader Herb Brooks Jr., D-Joliet, congratulated Militello as well.
“I often tell people in the church world, be careful what you ask for, but we thank God when they come forward to say, ‘Here I am, send me,’ ” Brooks said to Militello. “We look forward to working with you.”
The retirement of former Will County Board Chief of Staff Bruce Friefeld set off a chain reaction of appointments. Freitag was chosen by County Board Speaker Jim Moustis, R-Frankfort, for the chief of staff role. Freitag, of Wilmington, then resigned her seat on the board and left the Joliet law firm she worked for in February to take on the full-time duties as the board’s chief of staff.
The board had 60 days to fill the vacancy, according to state statute. Militello joins Don Gould, R-Shorewood, as District 6’s two representatives.
Militello, a chief deputy for Will County Treasurer Steve Weber, is resigning that seat in order to avoid a conflict of interest. She also resigned from the Channahon Village Board, of which she has been a member since 2003.
Those who wish to apply for Militello’s seat on the Channahon Village Board may send a resume to the village hall, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by Monday.
The Channahon resident who is appointed will fill the remainder of Militello’s term, which expires in 2019.
Militello also is chairwoman of the Channahon Township Republicans, according to the Will County Republican Central Committee website. She was U.S. Rep. Jerry Weller’s congressional aide for 15 years.