What Past Residents & Key Officials Say
About Paul Serwatka as Former Mayor...
Lakewood Chief of Police
Lakewood City Clerk
"Paul Serwatka took over as Mayor of Lakewood at a time when our community was in great need of improvements and raising of standards. Through Paul's leadership, every department made great strides in the right direction, while not overextending the budget.
I was very proud to call Paul Serwatka my "boss".
In my 34 years in the public sector, Paul Serwatka has been the most focused, hard working leader I've had the pleasure of working for. Because of Paul's proactive approach, a great deal was able to be accomplished in a short amount of time.
I wholeheartedly recommend Paul as the next leader of Decatur, Al."
Michael Roth - Lakewood Chief of Police
In my 19 years as Lakewood City Clerk, I have worked under 5 Mayors. Frankly speaking, Paul was elected to turn things around for Lakewood. Paul Serwatka won his Mayoral election in a landslide making many promises, and he didn't fail to deliver.
Paul fulfilled all his promises and served with dignity. Paul was very well liked and respected by our staff and especially residents. Paul demonstrates integrity in politics by keeping his word and serving residents above all else. Paul is also a great a family man with a wonderful heart and compassion for his fellow man.
He will be a true asset to any community if given the opportunity.
Janice Hansen - Lakewood City Clerk
McHenry County Ethics Commissioner
“In a day when the citizens of Lakewood needed a voice of honesty, we found ourselves with a clear spokesman, a clear choice.
It isn't often that the voter gets to support what can be termed a "true believer" but this is the opportunity the residents of Lakewood had with Paul. Paul is a true believer in smaller government, fiscal accountability and perhaps most importantly, the rights and liberty of the residents."
Pastor John J.W. Guanci -
McHenry County Ethics Commissioner
McHenry County State's Attorney
“Paul's tireless activism toward good government is to be commended. Watching him work in recent years, it’s easy to see he is passionate about his efforts in bettering local government."
Patrick Kenneally - McHenry County State's Attorney
McHenry County Sheriff
"Paul has been very instrumental in bringing about better, more honest government throughout McHenry County. He has proven to be a true champion for bringing about real transparency and accountability in Lakewood.”
Bill Prim - McHenry County Sheriff
Perhaps Even More Importantly
Let's See What Past Residents Have to Say!
“Paul is that rare elected official who understands he represents the taxpayers and voters, rather than being an advocate for a bigger bureaucracy. He stepped up to the plate when we needed him, and his election sent a clear message. Thank you, Paul, for your dedicated and clear-headed service.”
Steve Willson - Lakewood Resident
“Finally a voice for the village residents! When village board members were driving their own personal agendas such as a sports complex, a new village hall, a feasibility study to turn the old village hall into a restaurant, an unapproved bonus for the village manager (not to mention one of the highest salaries paid to a village manager), all at the expense of taxpaying village residents, our disapproval was finally heard through the tireless efforts of Paul Serwatka. Thank you Paul for giving us a voice and making us heard again."
Peter Olsen - Lakewood Resident
“Paul was our voice on the village board. He represents the honesty, reliability, and trustworthiness that the vast majority of politicians lack today. Trust is earned, not given. Paul earned it everyday!”
Dennis Nix - Lakewood Resident
“Paul Serwatka is my kind of politician because he's actually not a politician at all. He is a person of the people, fighting for the taxpayers interest. In this day and age it is rare to find a political activist that goes against the grain, especially in Illinois. We applaud his efforts here locally and what he has done at the state level to reign in spending and provide transparency and accountability in local government. Thanks Paul! ”
Andy & Donna Knapp - Lakewood Resident
“Paul Serwatka was like a breath of fresh air in Lakewood! I was appalled by the secrecy, lack of transparency and disregard, by our board, for the residents of Lakewood. I applaud Paul's hard work in bringing transparency, integrity and honesty back to Lakewood. Paul, you have our thanks and gratitude."
Barbara Sokolowski - Lakewood Resident
“Thank you, Paul, for your very open and transparent views to us, the homeowners and taxpayers of Lakewood. Thank you for having integrity, showing transparency, being honest, and challenging the "powers that be". We appreciate your loyalty to what you said you would do during your campaign. It is rare for "politicians" to actually DO what they said they would do during their campaign. In God we Trust!"
Jennie & Ed Evensen - Lakewood Resident
“Paul Serwatka has been at the forefront of fighting for honest & limited government and against corruption no matter where it is found.
He insists that his neighborhood, village, county, state and country be represented by people of integrity. If he cannot find that candidate, he becomes that candidate.
Paul tirelessly does the hard & tedious work it takes to make that possible. He fights the uphill battles with conviction & ultimately with a smile. He knows battles are better fought than ignored.
It is rare to find a principled, tested, citizen servant and a wonderful family man. Paul is all of those things and more.
I for one will recommend Paul Serwatka to all who will listen.”
Mary Alger - Lakewood Resident
“My first contact with Paul was when he knocked on our door. I later contacted the board about negotiations held between the Village and the new builder/developer in Falcon Greens which decreased the quality and desirability of the new homes. Paul was the only board member that responded and wanted to know if there is anything he could do to help."
Russ King - Lakewood Resident
“Thank you, Paul, for your common sense approach towards accomplishing the promises you made to the taxpayers of Lakewood. You were a much needed breath of fresh air for a village that was well on its way to an irreversible stagnation. The fact that common sense and thinking of taxpayers first is considered rocking the boat speaks volumes.”
Jean & Jeff Heckman - Lakewood Resident
“Our village board had "handcuffed" Lakewood residents from selling and moving out. Paul was determined to stop all the reckless spending. And he did!"
Mike Gleason - Lakewood Resident
“Paul is well known for his campaign to lower Lakewood property taxes, and that is what initially attracted our attention and support. What we have learned is that his effort to open Lakewood Government meetings, policies, and plans to residents was equally important. Paul brought lower taxes and a transparent government. Very refreshing for Lakewood taxpayers."
Paul & Karen Macaluso - Lakewood Resident
“In all the years we've lived here, Paul is the only board member to report what was actually going on. Paul is for the people! Kudos to you Paul, for having the courage to call this board out on their actions!"
Paul & Liz Stromberg - Lakewood Resident