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Your Maine Township Government and the services it provides is overseen by a high-caliber group of eight men and women who believe it is their privilege to participate in improving our community through hard work and dedication. These outstanding individuals each have their own unique areas of expertise and interest in township government. Please use this page as a guide when deciding whom to contact if you have a particular concern or problem you need to have addressed. Remember that your elected officials are your representatives and are here to help you.

Carol A. Teschky
Carol A. Teschky
Supervisor

Carol A. Teschky has served as Maine Township Supervisor since 2007. Prior to this, she had been elected to township office five times since 1989, and was the most senior trustee on the board. Because of her longevity with the board, Carol is endowed with the institutional memory so necessary to make wise decisions in overseeing local government.

Teschky has helped guide many improvements in township government since the beginning of her tenure. She is most proud of the township's response to a sudden, rising juvenile crime rate in the early 1990's. The township formed a Gang Task force and developed a zero-tolerance policy for gangs trying to recruit in Maine Township. Neighborhood Watch programs were bolstered and the township opened a Youth Drop-In Center to give youths an alternative to getting into trouble. Carol is also proud of the way she and other board members were able to expand and upgrade the township building (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr.) while maintaining its architectural integrity.

In 2012 Carol was recognized as a Park Ridge Community Star. The award is given each year to people who have made an outstanding contribution through volunteerism to the quality of life in and around Park Ridge. Prior to this award Carol was recognized by the Township Officials of Illinois and received the Township Friend of Senior Citizens Award and the Township Friend of Youth Award. These were awarded because of her commitment to both the senior and youth population of the Township.



Gary K. Warner
Gary K. Warner

Clerk

The Maine Township Clerk since 1993, Gary K. Warner started his service to the township in 1988 after being appointed Collector. He was elected to a full four-year term as Collector in 1989. An enthusiastic supporter of Township Government, Clerk Warner is the Past President of Township Officials of Cook County—Clerks Division and Zone Director of Township Officials of Illinois. Clerk Warner currently serves as Vice President of the Clerks Division of Township Officials of Cook County Executive Board.

There are over 1,400 townships in the State of Illinois. In November 2006, at the 99th Annual 2006 Township Officials of Illinois conference in Peoria, Clerk Warner was recognized by his peers and presented with the William Z. Ahrends Clerk of the Year Award.

Since taking the reins at the Clerk's office, Gary Warner has streamlined services by computerization. Clerk Warner also instituted the Neighbor-to-Neighbor welcome packet that supplies valuable information about the community to new Maine Township residents.

Warner is a fifty-year resident of Maine Township. He has been a leader in volunteer organizations such as AMVETS, the North American Martyrs Council of the Knights of Columbus, the Elks Lodge, St. John Brebeuf Church, and the Niles Peanut League for most of those fifty years.



Susan Moylan Krey
Susan Moylan Krey

Assessor

First elected as Township Collector in 2005, Moylan Krey was appointed as Trustee when Supervisor Carol A. Teschky took over following the retirement of Bob Dudycz in 2007. She was elected as Trustee in 2009 and 2013 and was appointed Township Assessor in 2014.

Assessor Moylan Krey has held the Certified Illinois Assessing Officer (CIAO) designation since 2002 and has continued her professional education in recent years to stay current on the ever-changing tax and real estate situation.

She chaired the Township's Award-winning National Night Out Against Crime from 2005 through 2013. She also headed up the Neighborhood Watch program from 2005 through 2014. During that time, she established the Sgt. Karen Lader Memorial Good Citizens Award in honor of Sgt. Lader of the Cook County Sheriff's police who worked closely with Moylan Krey on the Neighborhood Watch.

Susan was appointed to the Des Plaines Library Board as Trustee in 2009 and served through 2013 including three years as Vice President. She also served as a Commissioner on the Illinois Civil Service Commission since 2012. She is married to Kevin and has lived in Des Plaines since 1977. She has three children, two step daughters, and 13 grandchildren.



Walter Kazmierczak
Walter Kazmierczak

Highway Commissioner

Walter Kazmierczak was first elected to the Township Board in 2001 and served as a Trustee for 15 years before being appointed as Highway Commissioner in 2016. He also previously worked as the Manager of Community Relations with the Illinois Council of Banks and Real Estate. Walter graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in political science. His particular areas of interest as a member of the Township Board included senior services, allocation of social agency grant money and governmental ethics. He has volunteered for many community and township events including Senior Bingo at The Taste of Park Ridge, Park Ridge Electronics Recycling Day, and served as a judge for the annual Senior Spelling Bee, a statewide competition.

In 2014, Kazmierczak assumed the duties of being the liaison between The Neighborhood Watch Group, The Cook County Sheriff's Department, and the Maine Township elected officials, helping bring important issues such as local crime prevention for discussion with residents.

He is a Board Member for the Township Officials of Cook County (TOCC) and has held offices in TOCC’s Trustee Division including terms as President, Treasurer, and currently as its Secretary.



Laura J. Morask
Laura J. Morask

Trustee

Laura Morask, Township Trustee, brings to the position her 28 years of experience as a trial lawyer and a four term township trustee. As a former veteran prosecutor, she spent decades fighting crime and gangs, as she worked her way up to retiring from Cook County as a deputy supervisor of Chicago's Harrison District. In her years of experience she forged numerous relationships with all branches of law enforcement which led her to institute while a trustee, the first ever gang crimes seminar for our Maine residents. This seminar grew from 20 attendees to over 100 during the subsequent years in response to seeing a rise of violent crimes in parts of unincorporated Maine Township. Laura brought in a panel composed of each municipal Police Chief, key drug crimes prosecutors, and the Cook County State's Attorney. She worked in parterniship with the Township Code Enforcement and Highway Department in identifying gang grafitti to residents so as to better enable quick response and removal.

In 2012, Laura founded her own firm where she practices criminal law and police defense. As a 29-year Park Ridge resident, parent of two boys, entrepreneur and local business owner, she is acutely aware of the issues facing taxpayers, parents, local and small businesses seeking to thrive in our Maine Township communties. Over the years Laura has made working with the township youth a high priority, with a focus on providing safe and fun after school alternatives for at-risk youth. Her work led her to receive the Statewide Friend of Youth award from the Township Officials of Illinois for best youth program development. Laura was also extremely proud to be recognized as a community leader by receiving the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce Community Star award in January, 2012. Additionally, she was a recipient of the Award for Exemplary Service in Elected Office in 2015.



Peter Gialamas
Peter Gialamas

Trustee

Peter Gialamas is hard at work serving his second term as Trustee on the Maine Township Board. Prior to that, he served as Collector from October of 2007 through May of 2009. He is especially proud of the Board's record of fiscal responsibility and community outreach.

Peter, a resident of Maine Township for over 35 years, has a long history of civic involvement. He served as a comissioner on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Des Plaines from 2003 through 2008. In that role, Peter participated in the ongoing development of the city. Peter has also been a broker-associate and realtor since 1994 and has won numerous awards for production and quality service.

Peter has added a fresh approach as the chairperson for National Night Out Against Crime, a community event hosting some 600 residents the 1st Tuesday in August. All residents are invited. Themes vary from year to year, but the sole purpose is to form unity in our community against crime.



Kimberly Jones
Kimberly Jones

Trustee

Kimberly Jones has served on the Maine Township Board since July of 2014. She is a longtime resident of Park Ridge and a former 3rd Ward Alderman for the City of Park Ridge (2005-2007). She also served on the city's Flood Control Task Force from 2009-2013.

As a child in Park Ridge she attended Franklin and Emerson schools before graduating from Maine East High School. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Loyola University.

The focus of Kimberly's adult life has been public service. For the past 28 years Kim has been working as a public servant for the State of Illinois. Her current position is as an Administrator for the Division of Banking where she is responsible for all licensing, investigations, and regulatory issues as they relate to the Pawnbroker industry, which takes her to every corner of the State of Illinois.

While serving on the Park Ridge City Counsel she was Chairman of the Public Works Committee, and also served as a member of the Mayor's Advisory Committee, the Public Safety Committee and as the Liaison to the Park Ridge Youth Commission.



Kelly Schaefer
Kelly Schaefer

Trustee

Kelly DeGrazio Schaefer was appointed as Trustee in August 2016 to fill the vacancy of Walter Kazmierczak.

Schaefer was born and raised right here in Park Ridge. Schaefer has tirelessly served her family and community for over 20 years. In service to her family, Schaefer has donned many hats. She served as P.T.O. President of Lincoln Middle School for two consecutive years, Maine South Hawkettes Fund Raising Chair, Wrestling and Football committee chairman at Maine South for five consecutive years, and has served as committee chairperson on committees too numerous to list for Washington Elementary School over a 12-year period. Schaefer also proudly served on the Park Ridge Community Center Board for multiple years.

Professionally, Schaefer served as Director of Business Development for a Marketing and Display Company, a family owned and operated business. Known for her organizational mastery, Schaefer served as Campaign Manager for several judicial campaigns, enjoying wins in part due to her work ethic and tenacity. Adding to her career resume, Schaefer honed her service skills at United Airlines for five years and is currently a Customer Service Star for Delta Airlines. Schaefer is in her 6th year with Delta Airlines and has many Commendations of Excellence in Customer Service to add to her many accomplishments.

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