Longtime Community Volunteer Joining Village Board
Oct 04, 2015 09:08PM
● By Steven Jack
Luis Perez (Submitted photo)
The Oswego Village Board is set to approve the appointment of a new trustee after former trustee Scott Volpe left the board last month.
Longtime community volunteer Luis Perez will be sworn in at Tuesday's Village Board meeting after a vote of trustees. He has lived in the village since 1999.
“I see a real opportunity here,” Perez said. “Oswego is hitting some real leverage points as we continue to grow, and I think this is an exciting time for the village.”
Perez has spent the past 10 years volunteering mostly in roles within School District 308. He served on several parent committees, and was the longtime president of the recently disbanded and then reformed Bilingual Parents Advisory Committee. He also ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the 308 board in 2011.
Perez, who is employed by Ace Hardware Corporation as a national channel manager for new business, said he decided to apply for the open trustee spot after being approached by several people within the community.
“Over the course of 10 years I’ve had the opportunity to help out in a lot of different ways,” he said. “Our schools and village have given us so much, and I just love to give back to this wonderful place.”
Village President Gail Johnson said it was Perez’ sense of community that led her to put him forward as a replacement for Volpe, who is being transferred by his company to Iowa.
“I received seven resumes from people that wanted to join the board, and they were all good candidates and could have served,” she said. “But none compared to Luis in terms of community involvement. It was very important to find someone who takes that very seriously.”
With the appointment of Perez, the Oswego Village Board will have its first Latino member — something Johnson said is not lost on her.
“I really chose Luis because of his involvement in the community and his background in development,” said Johnson, who was elected the village’s first female president in April. “But if you look at the board I believe it’s the most diversity we’ve ever had. We’re beginning to reflect our community more and more and I think that’s really important.”