Elmwood Park trustee withdraws letter of resignation
Elmwood Park trustee Carmen Forte has changed his mind about resigning from the village board. | Sun-Times Media File Photo
Updated: April 15, 2013 10:21AM
ELMWOOD PARK — The resignation of a veteran village board trustee took many at Monday’s village board meeting took many by surprise only for it to be withdrawn.
Trustee Carmen Forte’s letter of resignation was on the agenda at the Monday, March 4 Elmwood Park Village Board Meeting as part of the communications portion of the agenda. When the meeting progressed to deal with Forte’s letter, however, Forte chose to withdraw it from the agenda.
“I was considering it and decided not to,” he said.
When asked, other trustees did not know the reason behind Forte’s initial move.
Silvestri was not in attendance at the village board meeting, but said he had talked to Forte prior to the meeting and convinced him to stay on the board.
“I think he’s looking at pursuing other kinds of charitable work,” he said. “I encouraged him to stay on the board. He’s a great guy and a great trustee.”
Forte said after 22 years on the board he had considered possibly using his talents for the benefit of the village and community in other ways.
“I’d like to mentor young children, especially those who want to get into a trade,” he said.
He said he is not ill and not moving out of town. He dismissed questions about being forced to resign and said he is the one that will make that decision.
His seat and two others on the village board will be up for election in 2015.