Village Trustee, Melanie Kuban
Committee Chairperson of Public Safety
Melanie Kuban has been a resident of the Village of Justice since 1984. Melanie works closely with Special Events programs in the Village offering her time and "elbow grease" to various programs including the yearly Holiday Basket program, the Centennial festivities and programs, and the Veteran's programs, both in the Village and the surrounding communities.
Since becoming a Trustee in July of 2011, Melanie has chaired the Public Safety Committee, and seen firsthand the dedication of the men and women who serve and protect the Village and its residents and the tremendous amount of organizational skills that go into the everyday workings which provide a smooth and efficient department.
Melanie is a dedicated public servant with 30 years of experience. She has served in, and with various local, county, and statewide agencies and has a diverse background with extensive knowledge of the legal system, unemployment issues, contract negotiation, policy and procedure writing and development, and conducting of State and County training seminars. Adding to this, Melanie has also been an Executive Board Member of AFSCME Council 31, Local 1006, a developing member of C.A.L.M., a social service organization serving 20,000 people, the conducting of job fairs, recruiting, crisis intervention, and emergency care.
Melanie believes the future of the Village of Justice has many encouraging policies and programs to benefit all residents noting "...the best is yet to be".
Village Trustee, Hank Oszakiewski
Committee Chairperson of Ordinances, Lic. & Public Printing
Hank and his wife Holly have lived in the Village of Justice since 1979, as newlyweds. Their son Brian, was born and raised in town. Hank holds a BA in Secondary Education from Northeastern Illinois University. His career includes teaching, bank management, operations management and corporate training management.
Hank has been involved in many activities for our community, including 20 consecutive years (1993-2013) as a Village of Justice Zoning and Planning Commissioner. He has volunteered his time and experience as a member of St. Patricia Parish, where he spent 6 years managing the SCIP Office, 5 years as a member of the parish council, and currently is a member of the St. Patricia Welcoming Committee. He is also a 3rd degree member with the Knights of Columbus. Back in town, he was a participating member of the 2011 Village of Justice Centennial Committee, a member of the 2011-2012 Justice Economic Development Committee, and currently is an active member of the Justice Chamber of Commerce.
Hank was elected to the Justice Board of Trustees in April, 2013. He currently chairs the Ordinances, Licensing and Public Printing Committee for the Village. He is also a committee member on both the Finance and the Building, Plats, and Zoning Committees. Currently, as an Operations Training Manager at a leading nationwide financial firm, Hank knows the value of working as a team to accomplish goals and business opportunities for growth. Economic Development opportunities for our residents, our businesses and our surrounding community are his committed focus.
As caring community residents and leaders, Hank encourages you to participate by volunteering your time and talents to improve our town.
Village Trustee, Edward Rusch Jr.
Committee Chairperson of Finance & Insurance
Village Trustee, Suzanne Small
Committee Chairperson of Administration, Buildings & Recreation
As newlyweds in 1990, Sue Small and her husband John moved to the Village of Justice. There are many reasons that Sue and John picked the Village of Justice as their first place to live. Sue stated "we love Justice because of the quiet surroundings even though it is so close to the hustle of the city. The easy access to the expressways, trains and the airport adds to the hidden attributes of the town."
Sue joined the Board of Trustees in April, 2011. Prior to the election, she has been very active in the Village and various organizations dating back to the mid-1990's. Some of these activities include, helping with Village cleanup days, The Ethnic Fest, and other various events. She currently now chairs the Administration Committee for the Village. Actively involved in projects and events, Sue's passion is organization and planning. Sue stated "My career has helped me develop my skills for planning and organization, and it is fun to utilize them in a way that gives back to the community."
Sue holds a BBA in Marketing with a minor in Human Resources and Training. her career has been modeled after teaching adults in the corporate environment and helping companies market their product (s). Most of her career has been spent in the foodservice industry working with large corporations such as PepsiCo, Sara Lee and Southland Corporate. She has also had the opportunity to work for independent restaurant owners as well as be a business owner herself. "It's very rewarding to be your own boss" she says "but it's also very difficult. I respect the long days and passion of the business owner. I would love the opportunity to help them with the learning that they do not have access to, since they are always working!"
Village Trustee, Richard Sparr
Committee Chairperson of Building, Plats & Zoning
Trustee Richard Sparr and wife Robin have lived in the Village of Justice since 1978. In that time, Rich has served the Village in many capacities. Having first been elected trustee in 1995, he served consecutively for 12 years. In 2006 Rich became interim Mayor. During a brief hiatus from elected office, Rich performed the duties of Code Enforcement Officer. He was elected once again as a village trustee in 2011.
Rich and wife Robin organize and host the annual Justice Auto Show. Rich served as Co-chair of the Centennial Committee, and his long-standing interest in the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor property is acknowledged by all that know him. He hopes his legacy will be to find opportunities for the residents of Justice to benefit from our proximity to the canal.
Rich spent twenty years serving the community as a fireman for the Village of Justice and during his tenure, rose to the rank of Lieutenant. He holds certifications as a Fire and Arson Investigator and Hazardous Materials Technician. Currently, Rich specializes in security for the Chicago Pier and Exposition Authority.
Rich is the Chairman of the Building Plats and Zoning Committee, and has served as Chairman of the Public Utilities Committee. Rich's vast experience as both a firefighter and elected official make him uniquely qualified to serve. His personal knowledge of the community allows him to bring a unique perspective to his decisions.
Village Trustee, Richard K. Symonds (Rick)
Committee Chairperson of Public Utilities
Trustee Richard Symonds was elected in April of 2011. Born and raised in the Village of Justice, Rick grew up in the Wesley Fields area of Justice. Once married to wife Darlene, Rick moved from the south-side to the north-side of Justice where he has lived for the past 28 years. He started his career with the Justice Fire Department as a cadet and rose to the position of deputy chief before the Village-operated fire department was abolished. Rich served faithfully on the Justice Fire Department for 31 years. Rick is currently employed as a full-time fireman for the Bedford Park Fire Department. Rick holds a BA from Western Illinois University and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy. His work experience also includes 24 years as a millwright at Reynolds Metals Co., formerly in McCook.
The tradition of service to the community is in Rick's blood. His father, Merle Symonds, served as a trustee for the Village of Justice before him, and his mother Jean has served as a pension board member, and officer of the women's and senior's clubs on many occasions. His brother Jerry is a former Justice police officer.
Rick is a proponent of strict fiscal discipline. He serves as the trustee-liason to the Public Utilities Committee. Rick is always available to discuss suggestions, concerns or complaints with Village residents.