New Downers Grove village clerk appointed

DOWNERS GROVE - Wheaton resident Rosa Berardi has been tapped to succeed Megan Miles as the Downers Grove village clerk.

The Downers Grove Village Council made her appointment official during its Dec. 1 meeting.

Berardi said that being named village clerk means a lot to her.

She started working for the village about 18 months ago. She had previous government experience with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

The village decided to appoint Berardi as village clerk to allow Miles to pursue other opportunities, officials said.

The Village Council appointed Miles as village clerk in January, when April Holden decided to retire from the position after 24 years of service.

Berardi worked alongside Holden as part of her job in the office of the village clerk/village manager. She said she had learned a lot from Holden.

Berardi has assisted with public records management, received and processed Freedom of Information Act requests, and learned the ins and outs of the Open Meetings Act.

She said that among the things she feels proud to have accomplished while working for the village is helping to converting the former microfiche feeder into a new digital filing system to improve records management.

“I was part of that,” Berardi said. “I did work with the IT department.”

Berardi said that because of the pandemic, more people are conducting village business electronically. She said the digital filing system has been helpful in that regard.

Berardi said it’s clear why people choose to live or work in the village. She said there’s a lot to like about Downers Grove.

“I love the restaurants,” Berardi said. “I do all my shopping here.”

Berardi thanked village officials for making her experience working for the village enjoyable, and she said it has helped to make the transition into her new role manageable.

Also during the Dec. 1 council meeting, commissioners appointed Miles and Emily Tompkins as deputy village clerks.