First Lady

LAKEWOOD – The first woman deputy mayor was appointed in Lakewood on Monday.

Susan Drago, village trustee, was sworn into a new four-year trustee term and appointed as deputy mayor by David Wordelmann, Lakewood mayor. On Monday, the village held its annual organizational meeting, which is when the village’s mayor makes several appointments.

During the meeting, Drago was sworn into office after being re-elected as a trustee in March. Drago was first appointed to the board in May 2011 to complete the unexpired trustee term of David Wordelmann, who was elected mayor in March 2011. Drago became the second woman to be a Lakewood trustee. After her appointment, Drago was elected to finish the last year on the unfinished term in March 2012.

“She is a very dedicated, behind-the-scenes worker. She is kind of quiet, but gets her point across when she wants to,” Wordelmann said. “I think she is an excellent choice. She shows up for every event for the village. She takes the time to study all the literature, and she is very good at the numbers and looking over every bill.”

David DiSalvo, who also won a seat on the board in March, was not in attendance for the meeting. Wordelmann said he thinks DiSalvo will be sworn in during the next Village Board meeting on April 22. DiSalvo defeated Joseph Troche, former village trustee, for the seat on the board. Troche had served as the village’s previous deputy mayor.

In other business, a public hearing on the village budget was held. No one from the public spoke during the budget hearing. The proposed spending plan for the village includes a tax rate of $7.53, an increase of 23 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The proposed tax levy is increasing by 1.3 percent to $1,705,355, which is a hike of $22,397.