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Duvick appointed to vacant term on Morris City Council

Morris native will fill vacant seat for two years

New First Ward Alderman Jacob Duvick is sworn into office by City Clerk Carol Adair, as City Attorney Scott Belt looks on.
New First Ward Alderman Jacob Duvick is sworn into office by City Clerk Carol Adair, as City Attorney Scott Belt looks on.

The Morris City Council once again has a full membership.

Jacob Duvick was sworn Monday in as alderman serving the city’s first ward, filling a vacancy left when the previous alderman resigned the post this spring.

Duvick was one of three candidates considered for the open position. He said he wanted learned the importance of serving the community from his family.

“My grandfather was a great inspiration,” he said after the meeting. “He was always a big steward of the community, and I always wanted to do something for the community. I want this town to be the same as it was when I grew up, for my kids and my kids’ kids.

Duvick said that he is looking forward to the challenge and privilege of serving as a city council member.

“It’s just the opportunity to serve the community,” he said. “I’ve lived here my whole life. I worked out of town for a number of years and I didn’t have the time. Now, I’m based around this area.”

Duvick is employed with ComEd. As a 2000 graduate of Morris Community High School, he has been a resident of the city his entire life, and he lives in Morris with his wife and two sons.

The appointment to fill the vacancy was made by Mayor Richard Kopczick with unanimous approval from the rest of the council.

Duvick replaces former alderman Randy Larson, who resigned from the board in May. Larson accepted a job that would take him out of the area during the week, meaning he would miss council and committee meetings and would be unable to fulfill his duties as alderman.

Duvick joins Alderman Herb Wyeth in serving the first ward. That ward represents the western most end of Morris. The ward includes a north-south border from Interstate 80 to the railroad track, also including the portion of the city north of I-80 between Saratoga and Lisbon Roads. The ward’s east-west border includes areas from about Lakewood Drive to the city’s western border.

Duvick will serve until the next election, at which point an election for the remaining two years of the term will be held. The appointment officially runs through May 1, 2021.

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