Grayslake Mayor Timothy Perry says he won't pursue a third term, and supports a village trustee to fill the post.
Perry said Trustee Rhett Taylor has the necessary qualifications to take over as Grayslake's top elected official. Perry said he decided to step aside after Taylor showed a desire to become mayor.
Taylor, 39, has served six years on the village board over two terms, with other stints on the economic development and plan commissions. Taylor released his formal announcement Monday, followed by Perry's statement Tuesday.
"He's a true public servant," Perry said of Taylor.
Taylor said he plans to continue expansion of Grayslake's tax base if elected mayor. He said the village is ready
"We've been moving very much in a positive direction for eight years," Taylor said.
Perry, 49, has been Grayslake's mayor since 2001. The executive at State Bank of the Lakes in Grayslake served as a village trustee from 1996 to 2001.
Village trustee Jeff Werfel said he'd heard some buzz several weeks ago that Taylor was exploring a run as mayor. Werfel said Perry and Taylor are tight, so it was unlikely the men would have run against each other.
"Somebody else will probably pop up and run against (Taylor)," Werfel said.
Werfel made an unsuccessful effort to topple Perry as mayor in 2005. He was re-elected as a village trustee last year.
Taylor, an Abbott Laboratories employee, has lived in the Grayslake area for more than 30 years. He said he understands the residents' desire to keep a small-town feel in Grayslake.