Barely two months after he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board of the Lyons Township School Treasurer’s Office, commonly known as the TTO, Michael J. Dickman abruptly resigned his post.

Dickman’s two-sentence resignation letter, which the Landmark obtained via a Freedom of Information request, was dated Sept. 22 just a day before a special meeting of the TTO board. 

At that meeting the two remaining members of the board approved a reallocation of assets that cost Lyons Township High School a little more than $1.2 million.

During the Sept. 23 special meeting, TTO board President Mike Thiessen said that he “believed” that Dickman had moved out of Lyons Township and thus could no longer serve on the board.

“I do know that was rather sudden for Mike, so we will miss him,” Thiessen said. “He was a good trustee.”

Dickman, who works as administrative law judge for the State of Illinois, had been elected to the TTO board in 2015 and served one six-year term that ended in May. He did not run for re-election. But two months after leaving the board, Dickman was chosen by the two remaining board members – Thiessen and Shakana Kirksey-Miller — on July 15 to fill the vacancy created when Trustee Nicholas Kantas resigned in June.

Dickman did not respond to a telephone message or an email from the Landmark asking him to comment on his resignation.

His two-sentence resignation letter simply stated, “I hereby give formal notice I resign as Trustee of the Office of the Lyons Township School Treasurer. I have enjoyed working in this public service capacity on behalf of the schools of Lyons Township, and wish all the very best moving forward.”

Thiessen and Kirksey-Miller will now choose a replacement for Dickman to serve until the 2023 election. Those interested in serving should send a resume and letter of interest to Kirksey-Miller at by no later than 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 8. 

To serve on the Lyons TTO board, you must be a resident of Lyons Township and a registered voter. Since all members of the TTO board must live in different elementary school districts, the new trustee cannot live in Willow Springs Elementary School District 108, which is where Thiessen lives, or Lyons-Brookfield School District 103, which is where Kirksey-Miller lives.