Algonquin Township Supervisor's wife appointed in his absence

Darlene Lutzow, wife of the Algonquin Township Supervisor Charles Lutzow, who recently suffered a stroke, was appointed temporary deputy supervisor Saturday bv a 3-0 vote while her husband recovers.

“Darlene has helped out before in the office, she is extremely qualified for the job,” Trustee Dan Shea said. “I felt she’s overqualified. She also has a very broad background in government.”

Lutzow will not collect a salary or benefits, nor will she have a vote in matters of the board. Her primary tasks will be to sign checks and documents. Her position is considered “ministerial,” Trustee Rachael Lawrence said.

“She was most willing [and] already has established relationships with other officials and employees at the township, and is extremely familiar with the processes,” Lawrence said, adding that a second candidate had sent over a résumé Friday night, but the board still felt Lutzow had the best qualifications.

She is expected to work one or two hours a day at her convenience.

She was sworn in Saturday in front of notary public Pam Gavers.

Charles Lutzow has been supervisor for two and a half years. Before serving in the current position, he was the clerk for four years.