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Rick Reinbold was elected Village President in 2001. Prior to Village President, Reinbold had been a Village Trustee since 1993. He served in the Military from 1970-1977 as a U.S. Navy Diver and Vietnam Veteran.
President Reinbold serves on Boards, Commissions, and Committees such as Chicago Cart Company, South Suburban Mayor's & Managers Assoc. (Former President), Chicago Southland Economic Development Corp. (Vice-Chair), Richton Park Merchants Chamber, Southland Health Care Forum (President), Illinois Municipal League (Vice-President), Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Board or Directors, Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, South Suburban Land Bank Board of Directors, American Legion, VFW Post 311 - Richton Park, Southeast Side Vietnam Veteran's Assoc., and CMAP Local Coordinating Committee & Waste Water Committee.
In becoming President in 2001, Rick saw the opportunity to grow the Village at a strong rate, and found that his background in entrepreneurship and business would add some value to the Village’s objective for economic development.
Reinbold feels that his reasons for wanting to serve the Village are consistent and constant. “If communities are not moving forward, they become stagnant, so we have to constantly have our sight on what’s our next opportunity for growth and development, and enhancing our community, the services, and programs that we offer. The status quo isn’t satisfactory.”
The Board is constantly working for improvement, and in all his experiences, Reinbold knows that one of the things businesses look for is stability in government and the vision for the community. “We are fortunate that we have a Board that shares a common vision for where our community should be, and where we’re moving to, and that makes a world of difference.”
President Reinbold is involved with many regional agencies and Boards, and promoting the tremendous potential of our immediate Southland area is the most complex. “We are in a group that represents multiple communities, and our challenge is to convince and show people that there is great opportunity not only in Richton Park, but in the Southland as a region. Richton Park is becoming more successful because we are at the table with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Southland Development Authority, and the Chicagoland Visitor’s Bureau (CVB).” Reinbold encourages businesses to come to Richton Park and give us a look, “because when you do, you’ll like what you see.” There is a lot of opportunity for growth.
For President Reinbold, being able to be advocates for the residents is very rewarding. “At the local level, the most gratifying element of serving the public is the opportunity every day to make a positive impact on the residents that the Board and I serve.”
Working with Village staff, a couple of the Board’s biggest accomplishments reflect the opportunity for Richton Park’s growth. “Our vision for Town Center and expansion out west has laid the foundation, and we’re starting to bare fruit from that with such great interest for development.”
Reinbold’s advice for any individual interested in serving as a local government official is “taking advantage of ongoing and continuing education opportunities. To grow as an elected official. To understand what the role is.” There has to be a true desire to serve the community and to give back, and “from there, take advantage of educational opportunities to make yourself a better elected official because then you’re able to contribute value to the team.”