Alderman Schuler resigns to take accounting job with city
By Stephanie Lulay firstname.lastname@example.org September 3, 2013 6:02PM
Aldermen Bob O'Conner (left), Lynda Elmore and Abby Schuler listen to presentations regarding meterless parking and a $500 bonus for police officers after a murderless year, during the Aurora City Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. | Steven Buyansky~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 5, 2013 6:27AM
AURORA — Alderman Abby Schuler, 1st Ward, announced she will resign from City Council at a meeting Tuesday night.
Schuler will leave her Council post to join the city’s Finance Department as a staff accountant beginning Sept. 16. Next week’s City Council meeting will be her last.
Schuler, 48, said that she is “very, very sad” to leave City Council, but she felt she couldn’t pass up this career opportunity.
“Today is somewhat bittersweet,” Schuler said. “This new opportunity allows me to use my education and experience to continue to serve the city of Aurora in a meaningful way.”
A city policy prevents Schuler from serving on Council and working for the city.
A resident of Aurora’s 1st Ward since elementary school, Schuler serves on City Council’s Finance Committee and was first elected in April 2003.
Schuler has been re-elected twice and is currently in the second year of her third term.
Schuler will leave her current job as lead of an accounting team at Baum Property Management in Aurora. She has served in that role for five years.
On Tuesday night, Schuler said that she knew there were some staffing changes in the city’s Finance Department, so she inquired about a possible vacancy and interviewed for a staff accountant position.
City Finance Director Brian Caputo said he is looking forward to adding Schuler to the department.
“She has a strong skill set and a proven track record of success that will undoubtedly serve the city well for years to come,” Caputo said.
Mayor Tom Weisner said he was always impressed by Schuler’s “thoughtful approach and professional demeanor” as 1st Ward alderman. Her professional background and attention to detail will serve the city well in her new role, he said.
“She’s never been one to seek media attention, but she has been very tenacious in improving and protecting the quality of life for her constituents, particularly when it comes to protection from flooding and demands for quality development,” Weisner said.
An East Aurora graduate, Schuler holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Illinois State University and is a certified public accountant.
She has more than 16 years of accounting experience and several years of consulting experience.
Weisner will appoint someone to replace Schuler on the City Council. Information about the 1st Ward aldermanic spot will be on the city’s website by Friday, said Chief of Staff Carie Anne Ergo.
Schuler said she will encourage some constituents to apply to replace her.
The salary for Schuler’s new city position is $53,643, according to city Director of Communications Clayton Muhammad.