Metro-East News

Fairview Heights thanks mayor, outgoing officials for service

An abbreviated City Council meeting was highlighted with recognition and words of thanks to outgoing Mayor Gail Mitchell, city treasurer Michele Isaacson and four of the city’s 10 aldermen during their last meeting together.

Each were presented with a plaque as a token of appreciation for their service. Ward 5 Alderwoman Bonnie Crossley was recognized for her 12 years of service, Ward 4 Alderwomen Linda Arnold was recognized for the past eight years on the council and both Ward 3 Alderman Scott Greenwald and Ward 1 Alderman Joshua Frawley were honored for their service over the past four years.

Mitchell was also presented a sculpture of an eagle from the Fairview Heights Police Department. Mitchell, who has served five terms as the city’s mayor and eight years prior to that as an alderman, is retiring after 28 years of service to the city. He thanked the council, city officials and police for their service during his tenure.

“It’s time for some of us old guys to step aside and let some new blood in here,” Mitchell said.

Current City Clerk Mark Kupsky was elected to succeed Mitchell two weeks ago and will take office next month. Karen Kaufold was elected to become the city’s next clerk.