A seat on the North Shore Sanitary District Board of Trustees remains in the Swarthout family.
Former Lake Forest Alderman Thomas Swarthout has been appointed to fill the spot left by the retirement of his father, James Swarthout, who served on the NSSD for 34 years and retired earlier this month. James Swarthout also served as mayor of Lake Forest from 1975-79.
Thomas Swarthout, a local businessman and a past chairman of the Lake Forest Hospital board of directors, is also running unopposed in the November general election for trustee in Ward 4, which includes and .
NSSD President Dan Pierce commended Thomas Swarthout's experience before nominating him to fill the vacancy.
"Tom is highly qualified and experienced and I am sure he will serve the people of the North Shore Sanitary District well as a member of the Board of Trustees," Pierce said.
Trustees Steve Drew (Ward 2) and John Paxton (Ward 1) joined Pierce in supporting Swarthout's appointment to the board.
The board is expected to fill another seat at its April 11 meeting created by the death in October 2011 of Effie Wrote from Ward 3, which represents North Chicago and south Waukegan. T
NSSD serves approximately 315,000 residents in several eastern Lake County communities including: Winthrop Harbor, Zion, Beach Park, Waukegan, Gurnee, Park City, North Chicago, Great Lake, Green Oaks, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Highwood, Bannockburn, Deerfield and Highland Park.
NSSD collects and conveys wastewater from local sewer systems in these communities to its treatment plants in Waukegan, Highland Park and Gurnee.