The village council accepted five new citizen applications to join the Traffic and Safety Commission, the Plan Commission and the library board at Monday’s meeting.

Jenny Seay was appointed library trustee. She is employed by the University of Chicago as assistant director of parent programs, managing parent volunteers and fundraising for the university. Like her predecessor, Stephanie Lewis Kuehnert (a columnist for Forest Park Review), Seay has a MFA in creative writing from Columbia College in Chicago.

The Plan Commission got two new board members. Diane B. Brown works as vice president for technology project management with JP Morgan Chase bank in Chicago. Jeff Chan is a lawyer with Raniere, Christin & Associates of Oak Brook.

Jamie Johnson, well known in soccer circles as Forest Park Youth Soccer Association president, was appointed to the Traffic and Safety Commission. He works as a trade desk manager with UBS Securities LLC.

The village council also accepted the application of Frank (Bob) Lewis, an environmental lab project manager, but did not specify to which commission or board he was appointed.

Calderone said the village still had several vacancies on volunteer boards and commissions, although the library board is now full.

“To be on a village board or commission, a person doesn’t need a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree. We’re looking for people with a good heart,” who want what’s best for the village, the mayor said. An application is available online on the village website.

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...