LOCKPORT – George Mushro has retired as Lockport township clerk, a position he held for 21 years.
Mushro is known in government and political circles because of his service in township government. He also is a former chairman for the Will County Democratic Party.
Mushro retired June 30 from a career as a trustee and town clerk for a life of enjoying the company of his grandchildren and the sunshine of Florida. He said he enjoyed his time with Lockport Township, where he was instrumental in creating the senior bus transit service and early voting in the clerk’s office for township residents.
“It’s helping people. You’re a public servant helping people,” Mushro said of his career.
Mushro has been a resident of Lockport Township for 56 years and served 12 years as trustee and 21 as town clerk. During his time as town clerk, he was awarded the ninth annual William Z. Ahrends Award for Clerk of the Year, which is awarded by township clerks in the state.
One highlight from his career was ushering the creation of a bus service for senior citizens. After seeing Aurora and New Lenox had senior transportation services, he researched the idea of starting one for Lockport Township. He remains proud of helping to give senior citizens an extra transportation option.
“It’s a godsend to them because they don’t have to depend on relatives or friends to take them to appointments,” he said. “I’ve had people talk to me about that throughout the township for years and say thank you.”
Another was the introduction of early voting, which he said he always embraced.
“I want to make it as convenient as possible for people to have a voice with their vote and have their votes count,” he said.
Mushro was appointed by Lockport Township board trustees as trustee in 1980 and elected to town clerk in 1993. He also has served on the Lockport Library Board and was a member of the St. Dennis Men’s Club, Old Timers Baseball Association and the Lockport Moose Lodge.
“He will be missed by the officials, employees and by the people of this township. We wish him a productive and joyous future and continued success in whatever endeavor he chooses,” Lockport Township officials said in a news release.