(4) Rich Grochowski

(708) 562-6534

Professional Experience:
Worked 45 Years for Jewel Food Stores currently retired as Assistant Manager General Office Services

Personal Information:
I have lived in Northlake over 58 years attending Saint John Vianney Grade School and West Leyden High School. Married to my wife Betty for over 40 years with two adult children and five grandchildren. Have been involved in the community serving on the Mannheim District 83 School Board for 24 years, and serve as a commissioner for the Northlake Fire District. I also coached for Leyden Girls Softball, Westdale Baseball, and served as Scout Master for Cub pack 162, past member Northlake Kiwanis and served on the Northlake Youth Commission, Emergency Services and Disaster Committee, Northlake Anniversary Committee, and the Northlake Days Committee before it was run by the city.

Was there a moment when you realized you wanted to run for office?
I was approached and asked if I would be interested in serving to fill a opening of a retiring alderman, after much thought and discussion with my family I decided to run.

What are your reflections of your time in office?
I am proud to be part of a dedicated group of individuals who have the best interest of the community in their decisions. We have held our own during the economic conditions across the country and continue to provide many services to our residents that many other communities have had to cut back.

What is your philosophy as an elected official?
Be honest, and available to the people you serve. Listen to concerns and look at how the decisions you make will affect the people and business in the city.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to get involved in politics or local government etc.
Get involved for the well being of the community and not just personal issues.  Work with community groups to get a feel for the strengths and weaknesses of the community.