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Gerl won’t seek re-election to Joliet City Council

Councilman John Gerl announced Tuesday at a meeting of the Joliet City Council his decision not to seek re-election next spring.

“I've been in public office for over 20 years and just felt that maybe it's time for some fresh ideas,” he said. “There are a lot of capable people in my district that will do an excellent job.”

The lifelong Joliet resident was elected to the Joliet City Council in April 2011.

Gerl is the director of finance and administration for the Forest Preserve District of Will County, bringing to the Joliet City Council his experience in accounting, finance, information technology and human resources.

Currently, he is chairman of the city’s finance committee and serves on the city’s public safety committee.

Gerl intends to carry out the remainder of his current term, set to expire in April 2019.

Gerl is the city’s lead representative for District No. 3.

In April, the seats of five district council members and the mayor will be up for election.

Petitions can begin circulating on Sept. 18. The first day to file petitions is Dec. 10. The last day to file is Dec. 17.

“I wanted to give everybody a fair opportunity—as far as in my district—to circulate petitions,” Gerl said.

Gerl thanked the mayor and members of the Joliet City Council during the meeting, saying that their efforts helped support the efforts of the city over the years.

“Over the last eight years, it’s been a pleasure working with all of you,” he said. “The city is certainly on the right projectory. There are a lot of positive things going on in the city right now. … The people up here—the mayor and the council—you’re definitely a dedicated group, and I wish you much success in the future.”

Gerl said the work of city staff deserves some kudos, as well.

“You definitely make our jobs much easier up here,” he said, referring to those serving on the city council. “The residents certainly need to know of the hard work and the dedication that you all put in for them each and every day. Sometimes it goes unnoticed, but it certainly doesn’t go unnoticed by the people up here.”