Matthew Decosola

The newest member of the Riverside Township Board of Trustees is no stranger to the position.

On March 14 in a 3-0 vote, North Riverside resident and former township trustee Matthew Decosola was appointed a township trustee to fill a vacancy on the board created by the death of Trustee Liane Blauw in January.

Decosola, 51, was sworn in and took his place at the board table immediately following the vote. He was nominated by Township Supervisor Vera Wilt after township trustees met to interview five candidates during a special meeting behind closed doors on March 9.

Wilt said she received six letters of interest from township residents seeking to be appointed township trustee in response to her officially announcing the vacancy on Feb. 14.

In addition to Decosola, the township board interviewed North Riverside resident Joseph Iniguez and Riverside residents Gianabelle Chapp, Derrick Mancini and Otto Miller on March 9.

Decosola served as a Riverside Township trustee from 2007 until 2013, when he ran for and won election to seat on the North Riverside Village Board. Decosola ran again to be a North Riverside trustee in 2019, but he was unsuccessful in that bid.

When he served as a township trustee Wilt served as township clerk. The two served alongside each other as North Riverside trustees from 2013-17.

“Matt’s a very easy going yet very good trustee,” Wilt said. “His passion is all about service, and that above all is what clinched it for him.”