Burr Ridge has new acting mayor
Updated: December 18, 2012 12:10PM
BURR RIDGE — Before stepping down as mayor of Burr Ridge on Monday, Gary Grasso thanked those who elected him nearly eight years ago.
“I want to thank you for the honor of being your mayor,” said Grasso, who announced Friday that he would resign at Monday’s meeting.
Grasso, who was elected mayor in 2005 and again in 2009, spent the day Monday visiting with village employees and department leaders.
“It has been an emotional day. I have shed a few tears,” he said. And he choked back a few more while reading his resignation letter.
Trustees on the Burr Ridge Village Board objected to Grasso’s recent election to the County Board, stating that he should not be allowed to hold both positions.
“It isn’t the legal issues that concern me at all,” Grasso said.
Rather, he said he has come to realize that his new job as county board member will take up much of his time and energy. He also said he did not want the issue of his dual roles to be a distraction to the work that needs to be done in the village.
Immediately following Grasso’s parting words, the village trustees voted unanimously to appoint Trustee Robert Sodikoff as acting mayor. Sodikoff, who had spoken out against Grasso’s dual elected positions, has announced that he will run for mayor in April 2013.
“I’m honored to be chosen by my fellow trustees,” said Sodikoff, who has served as trustee for 14 years.