EDWARDSVILLE - The current chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission has been nominated to fill an empty seat on the Edwardsville City Council.
Mayor Hal Patton announced that he has nominated Will Krause to replace Keith Short on the city council. Short recently resigned from the council because he is moving out of the city.
Patton said Krause's work on the Historic Preservation Commission showed he could balance the concerns of established residents for the city's history with the needs of new growth.
"It's a difficult task to balance, and I was impressed with how he handled himself," Patton said.
Krause, 27, grew up in Carrollton, Ill. and moved to Edwardsville in 2005. He has a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in business administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and a masters degree in urban planning and real estate development from St. Louis University.
Krause has served on the Historic Preservation Commission for five years, two years as chairman. He has assisted with architectural guidelines for restoration, volunteers at Leclaire Fest each year and was instrumental in gaining a grant for research in Leclaire history.
"He is passionate about his community," Patton said.
Krause was recommended by Short and endorsed by several aldermen, Patton said. Krause said he and Short were professional associates, and volunteered for consideration to replace Short on the council.
"It's something I've had an interest in for a while," Krause said. "Keith's priorities are very similar to mine: looking to maintain Edwardsville as a premier destination, and maintain the high quality of life here."
Krause said he hopes to balance reinvesting in existing neighborhoods - including support of the new public safety building project - as well as new construction and development in the city.
"I'm extremely honored to be able to serve the citizens of Edwardsville and hope to assist them in whatever capacity I can," Krause said.
The city council will meet on Tuesday, and will vote on Krause's appointment.
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