At the Highland Park City Council meeting on Monday July 28, Mayor Nancy Rotering, with the consent of the Council, appointed Michelle L. Holleman to fill the vacant Council seat previously held by David Naftzger. The term will run to May, 2015.
More than a dozen residents contacted Mayor Rotering to inquire about filling the vacancy. Mayor Rotering stated, “I am so impressed with the residents who came forward offering to serve on the City Council. This process was a reminder that we live in a city of smart, dedicated residents and each person offers a unique perspective.” After interviewing 11 prospective candidates, Mayor Rotering presented Michelle Holleman for Council consideration.
Holleman is a 17-year resident of Highland Park. She received her bachelor’s degree in speech communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master of science in education from Northwestern University. She works as a freelance writer and communications consultant with clients in non-profit organizations and pension funds.
Holleman has a long record of community engagement, having served as Communications Director for Community Leaders Educating and Advocating for the Referendum in District 113, working on behalf of the renovation of Rosewood Beach, serving as a member and youth outreach program volunteer at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, serving on the board and as president of Family Network, providing volunteer leadership for Highland ark’s Cub Scouts and Boy Scout Troop 324, and serving on the Ravinia School and Edgewood Middle School PTOs. Holleman and her husband, Tom, have three boys, ages 12, 14, and 16.
“Michelle will complement the City Council very well as she shares the Council’s priorities of fiscal stability, infrastructure, and public safety,” said Rotering. “She has a strong background in communications and finance, a tremendous work ethic and a proven track record of thoughtful decision making.”
“This is an honor and a privilege and I am grateful to Mayor Rotering and City Council for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Highland Park,” said Holleman.