"We leave our politics out by the sidewalk," said Neals. "Whatever party sits on the board, we are there to represent the people. The citizens expect you to do your best while you are sitting there," said Neals. "We have a very good working relationship, and that may be the reason why I was selected to come back on the board."
Since talks restarted between police departments after Neals left the board, he said the mayor briefed him on the situation recently, and he'll have his first meeting it the morning of Wednesday, March 9. Neals said costs keep rising for municipalities, and he welcomed the discussion between the town and village.
Kohout also said Neals was a "good fit" for the village, and because he only lost the 2010 election by a small margin of votes, it was clear residents support him.
"It just seemed to be the obvious choice. [Neals] was only two and a half months removed from the board when he lost the election in November. There was no downtime really in having him back," said Kohout.
Kohout said he would've stayed on the board for another two years, but he saw the opportunity and thought it would be a chance for him to do even more for the village. He left his previously employed position as an architect to hold the position with a $55,000-a-year salary.
"I am devoted to the village, I live in the village. I think it is important that our employees had a devotion to the village, and I think they saw that in me," said Kohout.
There were a total of 10 people that expressed interest in the position during the week and a half the village took resumes, with the opening advertised in local newspapers, said Kastberg. After receiving the applicants there were four selected to meet the qualifications, but one had already accepted another job. A committee consisting of two trustees, the former public works superintendent Tom Cushing and the parks and recreation superintendent James Marx interviewed the three remaining candidates. Kastberg said he kept himself out of the hiring process.