If you look around at governing bodies within DeKalb County this month, you’re sure to see at least three new faces.
DeKalb resident Terri Mann-Lamb was tapped to fill the empty District 7 seat on the DeKalb County Board on June 19, Sycamore resident James Chyllo was appointed to fill the vacant Cortland Township seat on the Sycamore School District Board on June 25 and Fox River Grove resident Art Osten was hired as Genoa’s part-time city administrator in May.
Members of the governing bodies who selected Mann-Lamb and Chyllo have said they will bring a fresh perspective as they join colleagues who have been in government for years. Neither have formal government experience, while Osten brings with him more than a decade of city manager experience
A New Jersey native who moved to DeKalb in 1996 to raise her three children, Terri Mann-Lamb said she fell in love with the area’s small-town feel.
Mann-Lamb has volunteered with organizations such as the former Welcome Cafe, which served DeKalb residents every other month at Unitarian Church, and is a U.S. Army veteran. She runs the bakery at the Northern Illinois University food services on campus.
She said she believes county Democrats chose her because she can bring a new perspective to the board.
James Chyllo, 36, has volunteered within the Sycamore School District for a number of activities over the years and brings a mix of experience as a banker and father to his position on the school board. He said he has lived in Sycamore all his life and has twin children who will enter first grade in the fall.
Chyllo is the associate director of branch operations for DuPage Credit Union.
He said he is going to devote his time to learning as much as he can about the board and the district before the next board meeting July 16.
Art Osten is the third administrator Genoa has hired from McHenry County. Hired in May, Osten has since been meeting with elected officials, department heads and business leaders in town.
Osten has two master’s degrees in Public Policy & Administration and Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin and 14 years as village administrator of Fox River Grove.
He said his plan is to create a prioritized list of goals and familiarize himself with the city.