Rob Roy Drainage District No. 2 president seeks Sugar Grove Township Board seat
by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—Mike Fagel has spent the past four years actively engaged in Rob Roy Drainage District No. 2, spending countless hours trying to “do the right thing” while acting in the role of a public servant.
Such experience led to Fagel’s interest in Sugar Grove Township and the idea of people working with people.
“I attended many township meetings and reported monthly to the concerned Township Board and officials about the plight of the Rob Roy District (and) the plight of the Mallard Point Residents affected by the longstanding (drainage) issues,” Fagel said. “I saw how they addressed issues on a people basis, and that was what really interested me.”
Fagel will run as a write-in candidate for Sugar Grove Township Board trustee on the April 9 General Election ballot. He previously worked with the township when it purchased the former Sugar Grove Public Library located at 54 Snow St.
“I was asked to help in the retrofitting of the building for township offices,” Fagel said. “I volunteered to assist with the security systems design, security hardware, locking systems and communications infrastructure design and installation. I worked to get bids, interview vendors and helped to open the facility on time.”
Fagel began to consider candidacy for Township Board following the passing of board trustee Ken Hinterlong in January 2012, and was interested in circulating a petition for the General Election. However, Fagel was unable to accomplish it in time.
Three months later, he noticed that there were two unopposed seats on the Township Board.
“I decided that it was an interesting situation (and) that I might have an opportunity to run as a write-in candidate for the Township Board,” Fagel said.
Fagel’s career in public service, local and national work spans four decades. He teaches in the Masters of Public Policy Program at Northwestern University, the Masters of Public Affairs at Illinois Institute of Technology—Stuart School of Business, as well as in masters and undergraduate programs at Northern Illinois University.
He also spent nearly 30 years as a volunteer firefighter and in various law enforcement roles. Fagel is currently a critical infrastructure analyst at Argonne National Laboratory, supporting the Department of Homeland Security.
He supports the U.S. Army Central Command in various nation building missions, and was deployed to New York City this past October for the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort.
As for what Fagel would bring to the Township Board in terms of advocacy, he said his main points will consist of fair, open and transparent government; as well as fiscal responsibility and the consideration of methods to lower the cost of government to citizens.
“I will also advocate stronger inter- and intra-government communications in a meaning full way,” he said.
Other points of interest for Fagel include facilitating a stronger tie to the needs of the entire community, emergency planning for the township residents and a forum for citizen involvement.
“I am a public servant, not a politician,” he said.