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Township Trustees

The Trustees make up the Township Board along with the Supervisor. They are responsible for certifying tax levies and adopting the annual budget and appropriation ordinance for all township funds. The Trustees are also responsible for approving all town expenses and auditing bills submitted for payment.

The Town Board meets on the last Monday of every month at 5:00 p.m., unless it falls on a Holiday.

Christine Elsberg

Christine Elsberg, Trustee
Phone Number: (309) 788-0496
Chris has operated her State Farm Insurance business in South Rock Island Township for 30 years. She has been active in her community and has a strong desire to make Rock Island a better place to live and work! Serving on Parent Teacher Associations in the Rock Island School District as well as Junior Achievement, Rock Island Boosters, Rock Island First Day Fund and other school committees, Chris understands the importance of getting involved to make a difference. She has also been a member of Neighborhood Partners, Rock Island County Board of Appeals and President of Kiwanis Club of Rock Island. Chris is currently the treasurer of the University of Illinois Rock Island County Extension and 4-H Foundation. Chris will do her best to make South Rock Island Township the best it can be.

Mark Parr, Jr.

Mark Parr, Jr., Trustee
Phone Number: (309) 788-0496
Mark has been a resident of South Rock Island Township since Oct 1978. He is married to his wife Julie for 40 years and has two children (Joshua and Jessica) and four grandchildren (Abbie, Calvin, Kylie, and Korbin). He retired from John Deere and served as President of UAW Local 79. Mark has been an SRI Township Trustee since 2005. He is proud that the Township focuses its efforts on programs that meet the needs of the residents. His hobbies include Golfing and fishing. "Thank You, for giving me the opportunity to serve all of you as your Trustee for South Rock Island Township. I have experience with the Township budget and my goal is to maintain a responsible and financially secure Township."

Bill Sowards

Bill Sowards, Trustee
Phone Number: (309) 788-0496
Bill is a lifelong resident of Rock Island. He is a graduate of Rock Island Senior High School & Western Illinois University and is now married, 2 children and 4 Grandchildren Bill use to Coached Youth Basketball and Flag football teams and is a retired Lieutenant with 30+ years on the Rock Island Police Dept. & retired from Rock Island County Court Services. Presently, he is on the Board of Directors Rock Island Labor Day Parade Committee and Rock Island Clean & Beautiful. In the past was part of the Board of Directors Community Caring Conference, Executive Board Member Rock Island Police Benevolent Association and presently a retired volunteer for the Association. He has also served on State Board and former President Policemen's Benevolent & Protection Association of Illinois, was Rock Island Employee & Citizen of the Year 1991, recognized by Illinois Governor's Committee on Crime Prevention, United Way, Rotary, and Jaycees for his police work, 1994 Certificate of Accommodation from President Bill Clinton for his commitment to safety and dedication to his community in Law Enforcement.

Frank Skafidas

Frank Skafidas, Trustee
Phone Number: (309) 788-0496
Frank has served as a Trustee since 2011. He's a life-long resident of Rock Island, where he raised his three daughters, with his wife Frances. He currently works at River Stone, and has volunteered for many local organizations, including Junior Achievement and United Way. Frank says, "Serving South Rock Island Township means a lot to me because I believe in giving back to my community." Frank has worked hard to make sure the Township provides high-quality services at a low-cost to tax payers.