New PC/ZBA member a consensus builder

Tim Brennan. LinkedIn photo

Tim Brennan. LinkedIn photo

by Dennis Sullivan
May 1, 2014

Crete’s newest Planning Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals member might prefer to forget meeting Crete’s mayor more than two years ago.

Tim Brennan was rehabbing his new home on the 1600 block of Main Street when Mike Einhorn arrived in his role as assistant fire chief.

“He was burning some things he wasn’t supposed to,” Einhorn recalled Monday, noting it was apparent Brennan was unaware he was violating an ordinance.

Einhorn, speaking prior to the village board’s unanimous endorsement, said he, Village Administrator Tom Durkin and PC/ZBA Chairman Karen Tellef had interviewed Brennan to replace Andrew Jon Nelson, who moved out of state in late 2013.

Einhorn characterized Brennan as “pretty impressive.”

Brennan, who moved into his home in 2013, is a specialist in raising funds for nonprofit groups. His abilities and experiences include “building a consensus,” Einhorn said, adding, “That is something we’d like to have on the board.”

During Brennan’s three years as Senior Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations at the University of Chicago, he managed a 10-member team responsible for regional alumni clubs, alumni career services, travel programs, lifelong learning, and volunteer relations.

He is currently director of development for the Farm Foundation, a not-for-profit agricultural think tank based in Oakbrook.

“Crete sets on some of the best soils in the United States,” he said, adding, “I found Crete and I love it. There is tremendous potential in this town.”

In the meantime, Brennan said he is continuing to work on his house.

People in the news

  • Emergency Management Agency member Ryan Allison has been appointed one of Crete’s two part-time code-enforcement/animal control officers.
  • Former code-enforcement/animal control officer Tracy Garcia has joined EastCom as a full-time dispatcher.
  • A resident’s letter praising Code-enforcement/animal control officer Deb Pattison was introduced at the first village board meeting of April.

Original material copyright 2014 Eastern Will County News; all rights reserved.

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