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Zalucha appointed Heyworth interim mayor

Zalucha appointed Heyworth interim mayor

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HEYWORTH — Todd Zalucha, a Heyworth Village Board member since 2003, has stepped in as interim mayor following the recent death of Mayor Larry Mowery.

Zalucha was appointed by the board and began serving immediately, village attorney Geoff Dodds said Friday. Mowery's term runs through May 2017.

Dodds said the board needed to select an interim mayor from its ranks, and members "felt (Zalucha) would be the best fit for the position.”

“The discussion was that Todd is an intelligent ... individual who has a good demeanor that would fit well with being the mayor," he said.

Zalucha could not be reached for comment.

Dodds said Zalucha didn't say if he would consider running for mayor in 2017, though he resigned his board position. He could have held both roles until 2017 and returned to his board seat through 2019 after a new mayor was elected.

Zalucha will appoint a successor to his board position. That person will be subject to board approval and serve until 2017, when someone will be elected to serve the last two years of the term.

Mowery, Heyworth's mayor since 2009, died Oct. 3 after an illness. The 63-year-old was appointed to the Village Board in 1981 to fill a seat for two years and served an additional four, four-year terms.

A retired supervisor for the Illinois Department of Transportation, he is survived by his wife, Judy; a son, Adam; and a daughter, Molly.

Follow Derek Beigh on Twitter: @pg_beigh

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