The replacement for Jason Chambers on the Normal Town Council will be Kevin McCarthy. Chambers resigned last month as he moves on to become the next likely McLean County State's Attorney. Mayor Chris Koos has appointed the 48-year old McCarthy to fill out the term. McCarthy declines to specify what kind of town involvement he would favor in creating a building on the Uptown One location near the traffic circle.
He also deferred questions whether the town should focus on other parts of the city than the Uptown area. McCarthy characterizes himself as pragmatic, collegial, and a fiscal conservative, but declined to layout details of his philosophy of government. He says the time is right for him to run for office next year. McCarthy is the owner of a fitness, performance coaching, and consulting firm. He has a Master's degree in sports psychology from Illinois State University. McCarthy's public service includes the Center for Emerging Entrepreneurs, the Town Sustainability Task Force, the Presidency of the Lake Run Club, and a volunteer diving coach at Illinois Wesleyan University. The rest of the Town Council must confirm the Mayor's selection from among a dozen applicants.
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