Following the resignation of District 159 board president John Troy, vice president Patrick Markham has stepped into the role.
Markham, who has served on the board since 2011, told Patch he assumed the president role on July 23. Later that day, he was also sworn in as Frankfort Township Collector.
The Township reached out to Markham about the position, he said. Markham hopes to instill the same sense of fiscal responsibility within the Township that he has brought to District 159.
Markham said that he would like instill a sense of community involvement within the township as soon as possible, while also being able to continue to serve the District 159 community.
“My efforts on the school board, to date, have simply been to be the best representative of the voters, the community that I could achieve,” Markham said. “Now with the added responsibility of president, I am challenged to create even more transparency, representation of the community along with positive interaction by all concerned.”
While the two roles are separate from one another, Markham said that he will bring the same fiscally driven sense of responsibility to both posts. He also said that he hopes his roles will reflect the type of government he supported during his time in the military.
“All in all, the reason I chose to serve in any capacity was to honor my brethren, the veterans, and to be true to our firm belief in our form of government,” Markham said. “'By the people, for the people.'”