Freeport, IL—James M. Berberet, a retired community college educator and manufacturing executive, is announcing his candidacy for the City of Freeport At-Large Aldermanic position.
Berberet and his wife Kathy, a retired Freeport elementary teacher, have lived in Freeport for 50 years.
“I’m very excited about the current direction of Freeport and the level of energy coming from divergent groups,” Berberet said. “The at-large aldermanic position would allow me to be part of Freeport’s continued growth and allow me to serve all residents.”
Berberet retired as Executive Director of the HCC Foundation in October 2017. Prior management positions included President and Chief Operating Officer at Ultrasonic Power Corporation for four years and Sales and Marketing Manager with Anchor-Harvey Components for 19 years.
Berberet also was a volunteer director on the Highland Community College Foundation from 1980 to 2011, serving as Board President from 1989 to 2009.
He earned business credentials as Accredited Global Business Professional, NASBITE International (formerly North American Small Business International Trade Educators) and as an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He was 1998 award recipient from National Community College Marketing and Public Relations Association for his work with Highland Community College.
“I believe my strategic planning, finance and budgeting, and executive management experiences in both the profit and not-for profit arenas provide a diversified background to work with Freeport’s city manager, mayor and city council to advance Freeport’s initiatives to improve our public safety, infrastructure and community well-being while being fiscally prudent.”
Most recently Berberet is serving on the City of Freeport Planning Commission and as a community member of the Journal-Standard’s Editorial Board. He also serves as chair of the Monroe Clinic Board of Directors.
The Berberet’s raised two daughters who attended Freeport Catholic Schools and graduated from Aquin High School. Sheila is married to Dr. Michael Wells and has three children in Galena. Michelle is recently deceased. They are members of St. Thomas Aquinas parish.
Berberet added, “Freeport has a wealth of resources as well as untapped potential for newcomers and life-long-residents, and all in between. Working together we all can participate in the process and enjoy the success.”
City of Freeport will conduct primary elections on February 26, 2019. Consolidated election (general election) is April 2, 2019.