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An Oak Lawn homeowner, husband, and father of two young children, Glenn Schlesser is a former 911 dispatcher and is currently employed as a Captain in the Village of Thornton Fire Department. He is also the son of a former police officer.
As a firefighting professional, Glenn disagrees with the current village government’s votes to cut the fire department personnel and rely on overtime. In addition to threatening public safety, Schlesser believes that the minimum manning issue has been too costly, with the village paying millions in legal fees and overtime costs to make up for the cuts.
Lifelong resident and homeowner a married father of six children, John Koss has served on the St. Germaine School Board and its athletic board. He owns his own business, Creative Door and Window, works full time as a BNSF railroad freight conductor, and coaches several youth sports teams. He has been a Cub Master for the scouts for the last 9 years, and has been an active member of the Knights of Columbus.
As a father of six, public safety is an issue that is always on his mind. John is a great supporter of the Oak lawn Police Department, and would like to see more patrols in the community on a consistent basis. Koss said that he’s ready to do his part to make Oak Lawn a safer more tax friendly community.
Palermo, who has lived in Oak Lawn for 21 years, is the mother of a seven year old boy. She is a self-employed commodities trader who started in the pits trading, and has advanced to help manage and run one of the most successful livestock futures and options operations on the trading floor for over 20 years. Palermo has been the Co-Chair for fundraising for the Family Teacher Connection Board at St. Linus School, and has served the Outlaws Football Youth Organization as team mom.
As a mother, Palermo realizes that public safety is really provided by sound board decisions and the hard work of the fire department, police officers and dispatchers. She is critical of the current board’s decision to fire twenty two 911 employee dispatchers, and outsource their jobs to a private company that has made numerous mistakes. Palermo worries that the seconds lost with these recurring “mistakes” could cost a loved one’s life. She wants to work to make Oak Lawn a safe place for residents.
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