Flossmoor resident Brent Bachus was sworn in to office Feb. 16 filling a vacancy on the Homewood-Flossmoor Park Board.
Bachus replaces Sue Bertram who stepped down from the board in January after serving 24 years. He will serve until the next municipal election in April 2017.
“I see the park district as the anchor of our community,” he said. The Bachus family has been involved in the community through sports, environmental initiatives and support for the Cancer Support Center. Still, Bachus believes “there’s not a better bellwether for our community” than the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District.
Deciding to serve on the board was a natural for Bachus “because my family and I have been long-time recipients of what the park district has to offer. We have a membership at the H-F Racquet Club, my girls have taken tennis lessons, I have a standard tee time at Coyote Run and we’ve enjoyed Lions Pool.”
When the new park district brochure arrived Bachus said he, his wife, Maggie, and daughters, Josie and Jane, would each go through it and circle what activity they planned to do.
Bertram said she timed her resignation so the next board member could come on just as the board would be planning its 2016-17 budget and setting priorities.
Bachus, a human resources consultant at DeLoitte LLP the past 20 years, said he thanks her for that. The timing of his appointment has given him an opportunity to “really get behind the scenes” on what it takes to keep the programs and parks operational.
“It gets me grounded right from the beginning” of his term, he said.