Venerable Deerfield mayor won’t seek a fourth term, ending decades-long run in public office: ‘It’s time for someone else to take the reins’

Venerable Deerfield mayor won’t seek a fourth term, ending decades-long run in public office: ‘It’s time for someone else to take the reins’

Longtime Deerfield mayor Harriet Rosenthal had decided privately that her current term would be her last – before attention to the novel coronavirus pandemic consumed her work and her community. Next spring, Rosenthal will end a 36-year career as an elected official in Deerfield, serving six terms as a trustee before three as mayor. She was first elected mayor in 2009 and is not seeking reelection in 2021. The mayor said she believes it is time for new leadership. “I’ve served the village for many years and loved every minute of it,” Rosenthal said. “It’s time for someone else to take the reins and have the wonderful experiences I’ve had.” Though Rosenthal, 79, has made no specific decisions on what she will do when she leaves office, she said helping to lead the village through the pandemic has altered her perspective on the next stage of her life. “I’m going to take a deep breath and see what’s next,” she said. “My decision was made before COVID. My time during COVID has been very intense. There has never been anything like it.” When the village granted Rosenthal emergency pandemic related powers in March, she said she had virtual staff meetings daily. She does not handle regular administration at Village Hall but she is the one who is empowered to make the emergency decisions. The meetings are still conducted three times a week. Trustee Barbara Struthers, who will complete her fourth term next year and is also not seeking reelection, […]

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