ROCKFORD (WREX) — Before a deployment to Afganistan, a Rockford alderman has officially resigned.
Alderman Jonathon Logemann has sent Mayor Tom McNamara his resignation letter. Logemann’s Army unit, 1-178 Infantry Battalion, is being mobilized next week.
In the letter, he says he wants to make sure the residents of the 2nd Ward are properly represented during his time in Afghanistan.
Logemann continues on in the letter and recommends the city fills his vacancy in the 2nd Ward with Tony Gasparini. Despite Logemann’s recommendation, Mayor Tom McNamara will appoint one person for consideration by the council. The seat will stay vacant until city council approves the replacement.
Here’s what Logemann said in the letter about his time as a 2nd Ward alderman:
“It has been my distinct honor to serve the people of Rockford on City Council this term. I have always intended to be party to the good fight, and in a bittersweet way, I must resign in order to serve my city in a different capacity. We have fourteen aldermen who are dedicated to this city and I am honored to have been part of this collaborative body; government can indeed work on behalf of its residents, and I am consider each of my fellow aldermen friends in support of a better Rockford. Our city has much to proud of, and from the local institutions of the public sector to the organizations of the private sector to the work of local non-profits, I have been proud to do my humble part, alongside you. I thank you for your hard work, complete dedication, and whole commitment to the City, and I look forward to continuing the work and continuing to serve the people of Rockford in the future.”
Logemann’s resignation goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday night.