A businessman from Wheaton will replace former , Township officials decided Tuesday.
Martin Keller of Wheaton is a Milton Township Republican precinct committeeman and general manager at BAM, a division of MK Systems, Inc. in Elk Grove. He will replace Edwards, who resigned from the board last month.
Keller said with his background in business, his contribution to the Township will be: "getting people to work together."
"That's what I've always done... That's (kind of) always been my job."
Keller, who has been a committeeman for eight years, said the reason he became involved in goverment is because, "government doesn't run enough like business."
He said he has no specific agenda to pursue his goal of more business-like operations at the Township.
"I have to wait and see how people work together," he said. "Goverment is like businesses... 99 percent of the time, the problem in the business is personalities—It's personalities butting heads.
"You work around (it) and focus on getting the job done first—Keep the personalities out of it. That's what I'm good at. That's what I'll try to do here."
If he can accomplish his goal of a more cohesive team of people working together, "That's great—I can serve my one term here," he said.
A current precinct committeeman, Alan Bolds, and former committeeman Jack Beopple also applied for the position.
After a closed session discussion Tuesday, Milton Townshp Supervisor Chris Heidorn appointed Keller, whom he said is "well rounded" in business. Heidorn and trustees Sal Falbo and Marie Jensen voted in favor of Keller's appointment. Trustee James Flickinger voted against it.
Keller will be sworn in as the new trustee at the next Township meeting on Tuesday, June 12 at the .